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Training for the St. George Marathon

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For anyone who has ever experienced muscle cramps, you know how painful they are. They come as a result of contraction of the muscles. It is mostly experienced by athletes and is observed and signaled by a sudden stop by them due to some excruciating pain. Many people come to stay in St. George for the many competitive races we have. From the Ironman, to the St. George Marathon, all of these things must be trained in advance for.

Doctors have for a long time been searching for the causes of muscle cramps but have never come up with a conclusive answer. Modern theories theorize that it is as a result of excessive heat, muscle fatigue, inadequate training, loss of minerals and electrolytes, dehydration, and poor methods of stretching. These are just theories but none is proven but even if not proven, it is evident that some of these could be the causes of it.

Experts say that there is even a greater chance of getting muscle cramps in later stages of a race. This is mainly due to overexertion or the dwindling levels of sodium and potassium recorded in the blood. Also, the cramps can come as a result of high levels of lactic acid present in the cells when the mileage ran in the race continues to increase. Other reasons for cramps can be due to age, years spent running as well as the body weight.

Marathoners are prone to muscle cramps due to their treacherous training. Therefore, if you are a marathoner and would like to avoid getting these muscle cramps, do not overwork yourself. Train as per the normal training routine you have developed and use daily as overworking would certainly lead to this. Then, never forget to stretch before and after you train and on the day when you race. Focus mostly on the muscles that commonly or are likely to get cramps. Eat foods rich in potassium such as bananas, drink enough water or sports drinks like Gatorade to avoid dehydration and also replenish the lost energy supplements to ensure you have the right energy to run. Get into the right pace when running and do not cross your limitations.

Muscle cramps are very devastating as they can make an athlete lose their chance to win a big race or game, and even lose their self-esteem. Work out in the right way and do all that is necessary to avoid these muscle cramps and your life as an athlete will be smooth. That way when you come to southern Utah to compete in the St. George Marathon you’ll be at the top of your game.