Muscle Cramps

At the end of March you may remember I got a muscle cramp.  If you don’t you can go here and read about it.

I’ve been noticing the last few weeks my right calf has been tight, but more so that when I start running I get a shin splint (only on my right leg). However after 1km it disappears. I’ve been icing it and it’s been ok.

Well apparently not.

Could it be because of my new shoes? I don’t know, I doubt it, but I could have just been putting up with being out of alignment that when I went to the brooks it was like, ok that cramp you had a while back I’m going to creep back up on you.

Anyway, a few days ago I was listening to this podcast of The Smarter Science of Slim where Ashley Borden was the guest speaker. I got a lot out of the podcast, but most of all I got Ashley’s FREE foam roller program.

Yes Free People!

So I’ve been doing the foam rolling.  More specifically the one she is doing in the above image, and OMG it hurts, but it hurts so good.

I thought I was over the cramp, obviously not.  And the shin splint – referred pain, cause the real pain, in the calf, exactly where the cramp was.

Gretchen (my foam roller, yes she has a name, long story, if you wanna know I’ll explain the story), how I love to hate you.  I think I will be dating her from now until RunMelbourne, which is 21st July, so not that far away now.  I also think I will up the magnesium supplement.

Have you ever had a muscle cramp? How did you deal with it?
Do you foam roll?