I have discovered 2 exercises, which seem
to have gotten rid of the cramps in my calves.
#1- standing high on the balls of my feet
While doing this I felt the "pain" right where it was cramping.
So I kept standing on my toes periodically through the day
and the cramps lessened, while running, but were still there.
#2- hold on the back of a chair or counter and move your legs
high up and down, while staying high on the balls of your feet.
#3- squatting down low, while staying high on the balls of my feet
This is THE exercise. The pain had gone while doing the first two,
but my legs were still cramping. But then I tried this one and WOW -
I felt the tightness/pain right where the cramp was, and much more
than with exercise #1/2. In the past week I have been squatting high
on the balls of my feet several times a day and have had no more
cramping at all. Plus there is no more tightness or pain in the exercise.
Interestingly, I have also greatly reduced the stretching I was doing...
which did not seem to do very much. Also, toe "raises" etc seemed
to aggravate the problem. But simply "standing" high works very well.
If you ever have cramping in your calves, try these 2 exercises
and let me know how they work for you.