About two days ago I woke up and was lounging in bed when I felt a cramp coming on in my left calf. I can’t remember the last time I got a muscle cramp but when I do, it’s always in my calves. You can sometimes prevent a cramp, even if you feel it coming on, by quickly relaxing the muscle. The window for this is very short though and unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to relax it enough. My left calf began to seize up and that very familiar and excruciating pain started to sear through my leg.

A few months ago, I read about some technique that was supposed to end a cramp earlier. As I laid in my bed gritting my teeth in pain, I forgot what that technique was, so I was left to ride it out. I used to get cramps because I didn’t hydrate enough but I’ve changed my habits to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially when I get home. Whatever the cause was, the cramp ended after what seemed like a very long minute.

The great thing about a cramp like that is once it’s over, the muscle will be sore for a few days afterwards. I can feel some discomfort in my left leg every time I walk, now almost three days after the fact. If I try to get up on my toes with my left leg, the calf muscle gets very painful and it almost feels like it might cramp again.

Stay hydrated out there folks.

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