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Do you get muscle cramps

Do you get muscle cramps?

Every athlete experiences muscle cramps at one time or another. It may be during an event or during a rigorous training or practice session.

The first time I ran the Boston Marathon, in 2003, my left calf had cramps that were so bad I thought I would not be able to finish the race.

A few years ago I discovered Hyland’s Leg Cramps tablets at The Run for All Ages. Hyland was a race sponsor and had a table at the race. I stopped by to talk to the folks at the table and they told me about Hyland and their Leg Camps products.

The Leg Cramps comes in quick dissolve tablets, pill or ointment. The pills are great to take before a race and the quick dissolve tablets are good for out on the course. The ointment can be used before an event or to manage cramping after an event.

The tablets contain Quinine which I had read were given to people with restless leg syndrome. They told me that quinine helped with muscle cramps also.

Since discovering Hyland’s Leg Cramp tablets I have taken them with me on almost every marathon and many half marathons. I put 2 to 4 tablets in some foil and tuck them in my belt. The tablets melt under your tongue in no time and seem to work.

A few times I have taken the tablets before a race if I think I may need them.

My testimonial

At the 2015 Boston Marathon Expo I saw the people from Hyland and they asked me if I would record a testimonial.

This is not a paid endorsement. I did receive a few bottles of the quick dissolve tablets and had fun doing the recording.

Have you ever tried these?

Run well my friends,


© 2015 andrew nagelin

Lacing Techniques

Have you ever had foot pain from your favorite shoe? Have you purchased a new pair of your old favorite but somehow it just doesn’t fit the same as last year’s model?

Sometimes, just changing the way you lace your shoes can make a difference. This is more than loosening or tightening your laces.

Check out this video from Running Warehouse

Lacing Techniques for Running Shoes

I’ve had people tell me about different ways to lace my shoes to cure various issues. The problem is I can never remember how they did it. One time someone even re-laced a shoe for me. When I got home it still looked incomprehensible. Maybe I’m a little slow.

lacing techniquesWhen I was in Boy Scouts I always had a hard time tieing the different knots. I have no idea why this is so hard for me but it is.

Fortunately this video is very clear and doesn’t skip that crucial step that all other videos seem to do. I hate it when a video skips what seems like an insignificant step. I need it all spelled out for me clear as day. Explain it to me as if I was in 4th grade.

If you are having problems with a particular shoe, or if you always have foot problems, this video may be for you.

Running Warehouse has a ton of other great videos that you may find useful also.

Do you use different lacing techniques already?

What types of foot problems are you dealing with?

Did you try any of the techniques in the video and get some relief?

Run well my friends,