Progress and Pain

So about 6 weeks ago, I finally got cleared to run. I’ve had good runs and OK runs – no great runs and no bad runs – but I’m bummed to report that my hamstring pain is back. It is 100% localized to the meaty part behind my knee, and it’s only about a 4 out of a 10 when I run, but it’s also a 4 out of 10 all day, every day. I’ve been slacking on stretching and foam rolling, and my weeks haven’t been very consistent due to a couple of time-consuming obligations, a complete inability to work out before work these days, and a weird two-day allergic reaction/GI upset due to something I ate. I’m hoping my pain level will improve as I get more consistent and my body gets used to running again, but I’m frustrated and worried about my appointment with the doctor at Spaulding next week.

I had PT this morning for the first time in over a month, and Ben seemed equally bummed and frustrated, but more optimistic than me. When I told him about the crazy shooting pain I’ve been experiencing on my RIGHT side (the good side) when extending my leg out to the side in ballet, he palpated the area and low and behold, my gluteus medius was insanely tender to the touch. Yet after a brief dry needling treatment to that muscle, I was pain-free. He and I are both wondering if my left hamstring pain could be due to this muscle tightness/weakness on my right glute. You know, the whole overcompensating thing.

My hamstring pain is about a 6 today – likely because of the rainy weather – but I’m excited about the pain relief on my right side so I’m planning to go for a short run before I head out of town for the weekend.

My most recent run.

As for my running progress, I feel like I’m in pretty good shape right now. My return to running is still going VERY slowly on purpose. I’m up to 5-minute running intervals, which isn’t where I was hoping to be 9 weeks before my half marathon (and now 7 weeks before the Harpoon 5-miler), but it’s better than being sidelined. I’m running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon with Lori and she’s planning to do 3/1 (3 minutes of running, 1 minute of walking) for the race – which is what we did for the marathon and all of our long runs for the final 12 weeks of training. At this point, it’s looking like I’ll be doing the same, so at least we can run together!

I’ve been running most Mondays and Saturdays, weight lifting roughly once a week (should be 2-3 times a week), going to spin most Tuesday nights, going to Ballet Burn every Wednesday night, and running with the DFMC crew on Thursday nights. I need to step it up once I hit the 8-weeks-to-go mark for the half on April 8, even if it means more cross-training and less running.


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