Running Beginners :: Calves Cramping Up, Whats Causing It?

Feb 15, 2013

Whenever i go jogging, within 5-10 minutes, the calf muscles near my shin starts cramping/tightening up, I think it's the soleus. Usually one leg cramps up a lot more than the other but not tired one bit. I run on asic gel 1100, got them about 3 weeks ago and i run on a trail in a park. Also sometimes my calves don't cramp up but instead my hips hurt. Is it my running form or something else?

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Can anyone advice or share  their experiences? Is there anything I can do to help minimise the risk of this happening again? If this is heat related, I'm going to have a hell time every time it gets hot. But surely 'hot weather' cant just be the only explanation there is why I have major swelling in both my legs and feet.

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