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Leg injury (or not?) (Read 271 times)

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    It would be the ultimate irony if I made it to within 8 hours of the end of an injury-free year and then injured myself, but that might be what happened. The mistake I made at the run on New Year's Eve was to get caught up talking with others right up until it was time to start. Then I went straight outside into the cold with no warmup. Being only a 4-miler and wanting a good time, I took right off at full target pace. Anyway, that night and the next day I had an ache in my left hamstring and on up into my gluteus maximus, and still have some of the effects (I had to take my wallet out of my hip pocket because it felt bruised back there). It's not like a real "pulled hamstring", as there's never any sharp pain and if I take a day off it feels pretty much OK. But when I start running, it gets sore after a short distance and I'll feel it the rest of the day. This morning it was a bit sore when I got up and walked around. At the rec center, I cycled for about 10 minutes and after the warmup it hasn't bothered me since. But I'm wondering if it will start hurting again if I go for a run tomorrow. So in a way it acts like the soreness that you get after any unusually long run or fast race, but it also seems to be more persistent. I've also never had anything in these particular muscles before -- especially up in the butt area. Any ideas or advice?

    Doug, Runnin' in Rochester, MI

      Doug, I have no advice or insight. I do hope it's not a serious problem and when you go out tomorrow all will be fine. It would be a shame to be on the DL while we are having such balmy weather. TomS

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        I'm no expert, but I've had muscle pain last 2 weeks before healing after a race. Perhaps you should take it easy for another week and see if it goes away.

        Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. We can hunker down and hope nothing hits us or we can stand tall, lean into the wind and say, "Bring it on, darlin', and don't be stingy with the jalapenos."

          Roch, That sounds exactly like what I had right after NYC. I ended up taking off for about a week, starting back into it really easy (meaning low mileage and very easy paces), and everything was fine. It's probably not serious, just a slight strain. Bill

          "Some are the strong, silent type. You can't put your finger on exactly what it is they bring to the table until you run without them and then you realize that their steadiness fills a hole that leaks energy in their absence." - Kristin Armstrong


            I would rest it if I were you (for at least a few days) and try rolling itgently over a foam roller. It will be sore so go easy and not too much pressure. {{{rochrunner}}}


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              Thanks, Ilene (and the others). It's nice of you to post an avatar that shows right where I'm hurting. Big grin

              Doug, Runnin' in Rochester, MI

                Roch, Try sitting on a tennis ball and rolling around on it. I have had this on and off since Martian marathon in April. Also try crossing your leg at the knee and puling knee toward chest, that should stretch Glute. Marathon Derrick