I have been running for about five years and for the last few races my calf cramped right after I crossed the finish line. It’s usually one leg but in the fall of 2013, when I ran the Surrey Half Marathon both my calves cramped and I fell on the ground. I achieved my PB that day but being wheeled into the medical tent was embarrassing. I was hiding my face and didn’t want anyone to see me. My legs were sore for a week after the race.
I first heard about Sarah through Peninsula Runners in White Rock where I am currently training. Expert runners were talking about how she helped them with their nutrition and it made a huge difference in their running performance. I contacted Sarah and asked her if she can help me with the calf cramping issue. I had already registered for BMO Vancouver Half Marathon at that time and I was so afraid that my calves would cramp again. She told me that it may be alleviated through eating the right food. I thought I was not getting hydration but Sarah explained to me that certain foods can help hydrate my body. She asked what I like to eat, don’t like and tailored meal plans that were easy to prepare. I worked with her for the next 4 months through once a month Skype and email correspondence. I asked her many questions and she always got back to me with answers and a detailed explanation.
I was eating well and training was going great but unfortunately I succumbed to a bad virus going around during my peak training. I could not run for five weeks due to bronchitis followed by a sinus infection. I was upset and disappointed and thought I would not be able to run the race. When I spoke to Sarah she encouraged me and worked with me to boost my immune system and energy levels so that I could still be at the start line and complete the race.
Race day I did what I could. And in the end, I met my goal of finishing the race without a calf cramp but rather a big smile on my face!
Nutrition and long distance running definitely work together. I feel confident now that I can conquer any race without worrying about pain. I’m ready for the next race. Thanks again Sarah for all your support and guidance. Most appreciated.
Tomoko Nishimatsu, Surrey BC
January 11, 2016