Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Do I have the guts?

Hey all. Don't forget to check out Susan's new blog (

I have decided to "upgrade" to the new blogger after this post. If I disappear, you know it will be because I had problems with the switch.

I ran 6 miles last night. The first mile was a warm up mile around 9 minute pace. The next 4 miles I ran pretty hard . . . . around 8:15s to 8:20s. The last mile was a cool down mile and was in the 9:00 range. I did have something strange happen last night that have NEVER happened to me while I was running-I got a cramp in my left calf. I was just a few hundred yards from finishing up and the leg just locked up. I might occassionally get a cramp when my miles are higher and I normally get them in the middle of the night-you know the kind of cramp that wakes you up and makes you bite your pillow? Can't figure out where this running cramp came from. The bad thing is that the calf is still a little sore. The good thing is that today is a rest day.

I will be heading to Vidalia, GA for a couple of days. Leaving here on Thursday and should be heading back to B'ham on Sunday. Who knows, it might be time for an RBFer lunch in Macon?


Anonymous said...

Maybe you need calcium.
Susan (Aunt)

Anonymous said...

Cramps result from electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. Electrolytes are minerals that carry electric charges to the muscles to help them contract or relax. And insufficient amounts in the diet can lead to muscle weakness and cramps as well as other problems. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, and salt are the electrolytes of major concern. And be sure you are not overtraining; check your shoes and do not forget stretching.

Phil said...

I don't think that you cramped your calf. I think you have a strain. And I don't think you're over training, you aren't showing any of the classic symptoms. I do; however, believe you are running too fast and pushing your pace down from 9:00 to 8:15 caused the strain.

Broken Record Time – Keep working on your core conditioning. You did a great job on your 15 miler this past weekend. Let’s get a few more of those under your belt then start a few conventional tempo runs.

I think you’ll be ok.