Yep, I injured my hamstring a little on Friday. One of my goals while training is to avoid a running injury. I am allergic to pain. Pain makes me irritable and occasionally makes my eyes water. Honestly, I have a high pain tolerance unless it is my back or my knees. The hamstring is not comfortable… but it is not as bad (to me) as a knee injury in terms of how I deal with the pain.
How did it happen? I was at approximately the 2 mile mark of my 8 mile run, and felt a sharp pain in my right hamstring. I did not stumble, trip, slip, dip, or make any other type of unusual stride. I felt the pain… I limped for a few jogging strides, and then stopped to stretch. After stretching for a couple minutes, I began a slow jog. For leg muscle injuries I either stop to rest the muscle, or I try to run through it hoping it will stretch it out. I’m not a physical trainer so make your own decisions about what to do with a running injury. I was unsure how to deal with this… so I tried jogging. It seemed to help… and throughout the day I have been stretching my legs.
I did not run 8 miles… I shortened it (wisely) to 4 miles because of the running injury. The 4 miles was mandatory whether I jogged it or walked it because I has halfway through my 4 mile running loop. Even if I had to limp 2 miles to my car, the two miles is what I had to do. Monday I will go to the gym and ride the bike to continue to rehab the leg. I do not think it is serious… and I should be back to 100 percent pretty quickly as long as I don’t push it.
How do you deal with muscle injuries? Personal trainer? Massage? A bottle of wine?
At any rate.. this running injury also means I don’t need to lift anything heavy for my wife for a while ;-D