Yesterday marked the end of my 2-week running hiatus. Odd, right? Since my September was supposed to be filled with fun runs.
After the Philly RnR Half, which I foolishly raced the week after my marathon, my right hamstring was tight. My legs were not ready for the final 3 miles at 10K pace but I got greedy. I wanted another PR. I was on a roll, right?
After the RnR Half, I could barely bend down to touch my right knee. Normally I can touch my feet, and, on a good day, I can even do forehead to knee. I knew I pissed off my hamstring big time.
My right hamstring gets tight after speed work, due to overstriding. Once my pace drops to around 7:30, I lead heavily with my right foot, extended it way out in front of me, and heel strike like crazy. A little foam rolling after speed work and I’m usually good to go. But not this time, hence the 2-week break and lots of foam rolling, ice, and rest.
A little TLC went a long way since I was OK at Saturday’s 5K 🙂 Monday’s run was OK too…just some residual tightness but nothing like 2 weeks ago. Yay!
The Philly Half is 6 weeks away and I need to get back to the track. Since the tight hamstring only rears its ugly head at sub-8:00 pace, I’m hesitant to hit the track for speed work too soon.
What do I do when I don’t know what to do? I make a plan…
- continue to take it easy this week (no speed work)
- go to yoga this week
- get a massage (I really need someone to dig deep into my hamstring)
- and, the BIG one…work on not overstriding. Keep my feet underneath me (my center of gravity) and take quick, short strides.