Heels first is the worst advice for running form. It does use your calves less but it will also lead to a lot more problems, both in the short run and in the long run, among them shin splints from eccentric stress on your tib anterior and knee/hip/lower back problems from the pounding. I could analyze your running form, but I doubt that is the problem.
There are many things calf cramping could come from. You would have to rule out neurogenic vs. vascular claudication. You might also check your electrolyte levels. One solution related to that problem is drinking pickle juice when you start having calf camps. [/quote]
Not really. I come from a running shoe mindset, not barefoot. I will not discuss this, as it has been debated to death in the last few years.
For short strides (distance running), I prefer heel first with a “rolling” motion of the foot. For shorter run, where I can use my speed ( I come from 400 to 1500 background) I prefer longer strides and mid foot. Like “bouncing” off the ground.
Again, we could discuss this until we are blue in the face, but the simple fact is that by charging your stride, most injuries go away.
I covered electrolytes. The majority of the time, cramps can be alleviated with potassium. Ask any old time bodybuilder about the week prior to the ,show and potassium tablets.
And, if you can rule out neurogenic or claudication on the Internet, then you are a god. This is the equivalent of telling someone has SARS because he is coughing. Seriously?
OP. Take what I tell you as you wish. If you a condition of some kind, you are smart enough to go and see someone qualified.
Does it also mean that I am right? No, it means I gave you a option.