When i do a long run (4 miles) or tempo run, I will get a sharp pain suddenly causing me to slow down to a walk. I will then proceed to ice when I get back home. Any ideas what it might be.

  • Please talk to a professional, this site is not for giving or substituting medical advice, check out the FAQ. Additionally your question is far too vague to be answered.
    – Baarn
    Nov 17, 2012 at 18:41
  • How frequently do you stretch (quads,calves,hams,etc)? Do you stretch and/or warmup before going on runs? Has this been a recurring thing or something that only recently started?
    – Moses
    Nov 18, 2012 at 6:52
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    @Andre at least describe where this pain is. In the feet, in your hips, belly area (side stitches) or even in the upper body or neck? At the moment this question forces people to play the guessing game.
    – Baarn
    Nov 18, 2012 at 12:39
  • You definitely need to see a doctor about sharp pains you have while exercising. Nov 30, 2012 at 16:13

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I agree with others you should ask a medical professional if it continues to cause pain.

My advice is not professional, but do you think this might be a calf cramp? This can be caused by lack of vitamins, including phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium. However, it seems that potassium can be the most important vitamin to prevent cramping. I used to get sharp pains in my calves when deficient in potassium. Foods high in potassium include avocados, bananas, dried apricots, mushrooms, spinach, and salmon, among many others.

Happy running!

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