Well, it is less than a week to go until my next half marathon and training was going well…. Until Sunday…. Because of work and other commitments I wasn’t able to run as much last week as I have been so I set off Sunday for my long run on relatively fresh legs.
The niggle in my knee had gone, the sun was shining and it wasn’t too hot…. The first couple of miles I always find tough, not only is my body getting used to running but it is all uphill. Then, when I came to the first steeper hill I felt a twinge in the back of my right thigh… I slowed down a bit ( I was fairly knackered anyway) but the twinge continued… It didn’t seem quite as bad on the flat but it came back and started to get worse on the next steep hill. It stayed at about the same twinge level on the downhill section but definitely didn’t feel right. I slowed down to a walk and walked the next 1.5 miles…. I decided to cut the run short and had a gentle jog home. This didn’t make it feel worse but I think if I had continued it would have been worse.
I think the best way to describe it is like bad cramp in the back of my thigh… I have tried some gentle stretching and then I remembered a freebie I received in a goody bag after a race… Deep Freeze..
I have never used anything like this before so was not sure what to expect. It was great. The cold was so soothing and a lot easier than holding ice on the back of your leg. I left the patch on overnight last night and this morning it felt quite a bit better, just bruised inside….
I haven’t been running today but I am hoping to try a very gentle run tomorrow, then I’m planning on just resting it to see how it is before Sunday. I have some very long days at work this week so I think that a week primarily resting will (hopefully) sort it out.
I guess time will tell…..
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