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Positive effects of cramp?

On two occations now I've been doing brick sessions and started to cramp up on the third or fourth run.

For the next couple of days I'm limping around looking for sympathy but after that I've noticed a marked improvement in my fitness.

Now, is this just 'cause I haven't trained for a couple of days (bearing in mind that I probably wouldn't have trained anyway) or is there some degree of benefit from minor muscle damage?

I can't be imagining it as I've just come back from a 36 minute 5 mile run after cramping up badly on Friday. My previous best time was 42 minutes!


  • sfullersfuller Posts: 628
    i would say check you watch again.... sounds like a massive improvement in a few days. Otherwise... well done.
  • GHarvGHarv Posts: 456
    What about compression wear?

    1000 mile socks are great for calves and i've just started using linebreak tights - good so far.


  • As it happens, I've just started using 1000 mile compression socks. I've got pretty big calves for a runner after many years of mountain biking and field hockey so these socks help loads.

    I also left my HRM on after coming back from my run and my resting heart rate has dropped to 34bpm. Perhaps my body has finally twigged that I'm not giving up on tri so it's decided to get it's act together[;)]
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