Article originally posted on VeryWellFit.com
Even when you do your best to try to prevent annoying leg cramps, sometimes they still hit you in the middle of a run or big race. The good news is that stretching is a strategy that has great success in relieving a cramp.
If you’re suddenly struck with a nasty, mid-run cramp in your calf, quad, or hamstring, here are some stretches to get rid of them so you can get back to running.
The calf muscle is a common area for cramping. Here’s what to do if your calf muscle suddenly cramps up while you’re running.
The quadriceps (front thigh muscles) are another troublesome area for runners. If your quad suddenly seizes and cramps up during a run, try this stretch:
A common sight in the final miles of a marathon is a runner grabbing his or her hamstring (back of the thigh) with a pained expression on his or her face. The hamstring is a very common area for cramping, especially in the late stages of a race. Here’s what to do if you suffer from a mid-run hamstring cramp.
If that stretch doesn’t work as well as you hoped, and you’re able to get down on the ground, try this hamstring stretch.
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