Thursday, September 17, 2009
I've had tightness in my right hamstring for years. It's something that I just learned to live and run with. No pain, just tightness that on occasion feels tight enough that it throws off my bio mechanics on that side during hard running.
Recently I decided to attempt some electrical stimulation, heat, and stretching to loosen it up. Last night I had to shut down just short of 2 miles during a 5K time trial due to hamstring pain. It is still bothering me today but I was able to get in a 90 minute bike.
I don't think it's anything serious, but you never know. I probably overdid the stretching and have some micro tears in the muscle. I'll see how it feels tomorrow, but realistically I hope to be back running by Friday. The lesson? Don't do anything too extreme when it comes to stretching! Work into it gradually and don't force.