the video shows "Pete's" calf muscle after running the Stevenage Marathon last Sunday.
His calf muscles were in a state of constant spasm. What looks like something from the movie 'Alien' moving about under the skin is actually the muscle in spasm.
Pete has run a total of 275 marathons; before Sunday's event, he'd run the Dublin marathon 6 days before. It's an obvious case of chronic excessive overuse. It's as if the calves are saying "enough is enough"
Muscle spasms are sudden involuntary muscle contraction - in this case caused by massive overload of the muscles.
A lot of the time, when muscle spasms are severe, we notice it as cramp.
Most crapms can be relieved by a combination of:
But Pete's spasms were way beyond that - they just needed rest. They'd been used and abused so much that they need time and some warmth... and by time I mean a few days and no running for a good month.