‘Cramp’-ing my style

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Injury SignOver the past few months, I’ve been able to increase my distance, stamina and of course, my confidence. I’ve overcome the aches and pains I experienced early in my training, thanks to proper footwear and stretching. I’ve even conquered the hills and mountains of the big, bad, West Hartford Reservoir.

Yesterday, I set out on an eight-mile run — in the blistering summer heat — for some good ‘ole fashion therapeutic/workout running. Little did I know that it would be my most difficult run yet.

After crossing the Bulkeley Bridge around mile 4, I began feeling a dull pain along the right side of my ribs. I didn’t think much of it as I took a sip of water and continued on my path. A few minutes later, it felt like I was being stabbed over and over again. With each step, I felt like Peter Griffin in this video clip.

Needless to say, the sweat running down my face masked the tears of agony that were flowing. I did finish my run home, but there was no doubt I was exhausted and in pain.

Once I got home, I read as much as I could about this cramping sensation.  I came across different articles, each with different thoughts on how the rib cramp occurs and how it can be prevented. I found this article the most informative.

I am going to continue experimenting with my pre-run routine, especially for the longer runs. That said, if you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions, I am all ears.  And don’t worry, your opinions would never ever cramp my style!

Until later,

RR

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    I love your blog. The end.

    (i have cramping issues myself, no advice on this one from me, but thanks for the article!)

    1. Ray says:

      Thanks for the great words, JD! It’s comments like yours that make this blog so worthwhile.

      Now that I know we have running cramps in common, maybe our team name for the Chicken Run should be ‘Cramp’-ing Your Style…. just sayin 😛

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