Thirteen days from the marathon, and I really hope I didn't injure myself on my 12 mile run Sunday.
Two years ago I pulled my left hamstring doing speed work, ended up not running for months, and having to go to Physical Therapy. I'm vigilant about icing it after every run, stretching before and after a run, and using my foam roller if I feel like it's getting tight.
Sunday was going to be the last time Jeannine and Norine and I ran together as a group, we've been doing our long runs together for all these weeks of training. The girls made it to my house at seven, Norine planned to do her 21 mile run that day, she had already run over nine miles when we set out. Beautiful morning, we varied the route a bit, I was moving along and feeling great.
Then about 5 miles in, I felt my hamstring kind of seize up into a painful knot, I've never had a cramp in my legs while running, so I just assumed that's what it was. I slowed down, walked a bit, and realized I hadn't been drinking much water. So I guzzled some Nuun, water, and a chocolate GU, and got moving again, but slowly. I tried to rub the cramp out, but no go. So I just started running, hoping it would work itself out. Then about 9 miles in, my freakin' blister toe started acting up, and I got pissed off, and walked a good half mile. Started to feel a bit better, so I was able to keep up with J & N and finish it off.
When I got home I rolled on the foam roller, iced my leg, and took some advil. I tried to stay off my feet the rest of the day, but if I walked too fast my leg hurt.
It feels better this morning, but I slept like crap worrying about it. I made an appointment with my PT on Wednesday, but I'm not sure what to do about this week's runs. I can't believe I made it this far without any major problems, but now I have one. Was it just a cramp? Or more????
Like I said, I'm trying not to bug out. But it's a little hard not to.