Since switching to this diet I've noticed that when I run I start cramping about 5 mins into the run, mostly in my stomach, traps, upper chest and I dont know why. I usually wait about 3 or so hours after eating a large fruit meal before i run but I still get them.
start slow. warm up for 30mins before.
train first thing on a mouthful of water and no food. drink and eat as soon as you get back.
Ive got a tight hip flexor. It has torn my stomach muscle. I get cramp really easy. Good thing about running is that you need nothing in your stomach for the short stuff. Im doing a half marathon at 5am tomorrow morning. I will have a mouth of water and thats it. Looking to run 1:24 or under. Ran a 1:21 in December but it was in the cool. Its hot as heck here in Thailand.
Definitely start slow. That's helped my cramping improve.
And definitely avoid eating before running, if you can! If you can't, I suggest waiting longer than 3 hours--it may take you longer to digest your meals at that point.
Monitoring breathing is very important in stabilizing cramping episodes, as well. Do you make sure to breathe in a stable manner? Normally, when I run at a faster than normal pace, my breathing is off kilter and this transfers to a painful spasm of cramps.
Also, do you eat enough greens, for the natural sodium content? :) Consider drinking coconut water before and after runs, as well!
Thanks. Ya I eat tons of greens and lots of water but I just sprained my ankle really bad a few weeks ago so I'm just starting to run again so that might also have something to do with it because I was fine running before. And I LOVE coconut water. As for breathing, I'll work on it.
I know it's been a while but I'm still having the same problem. Not all the time but it's still happening. I'm eating like 4000cals a day but as far as sodium, I eat like a whole head of lettuce and some spinach pretty much every day and try to mix up the greens here and there but I think I'm low on sodium because I've also been getting quite a bit of water retention compared to what I was like before the diet (I was higher fat raw vegan for a year) and I think it might be edema, which from what I know can be caused by too low sodium. Any input because I don't want to end up hyponatremic?
also I'm drinking lots of water, about 3-4 liters and going to the washroom 10+ times per day.
I remember reading something about how if you exhale on one foot and then a few steps later, inhale on the other foot or something, you may get cramps due to the way our bodies are structured internally. I don't remember details, so you may want to look into this, since it may very well be the cause.
Strengthening the core always seemed to help me in xc-season. Do your favorite core exercises and see if they help (unless you are already doing this).
Thanks but I know for sure it's def not core. I have quite a strong core, I really think it may be the low sodium intake. Only like 80ish milligrams most days.
Start slow, and when you start to feel them coming on, when exhaling contract abs as tight as you can and when inhaling push out stomach as hard hard as you can while relaxing abs. This should help to sort of hit the refresh button on your ab's and get rid of the muscle cramp