January 2, 2006
My life has been taken over by this hamstring. I worry it's not getting better fast enough, I'm making it worse, I'm developing compensatory injuries trying to run on it, it just doesn't feel right, it's going to get worse and worse as the marathon gets closer and closer, and I'll end up bailing on the whole thing two days beforehand. yikes.
I think I'm thinking about it so much I've lost the perspective to be able to tell if it's better or not. It certainly doesn't hurt to walk on it like it did late last week, but on the other hand I feel its tightness with every running step, and I can cause a spasm in a different part of the muscle pretty much at will (by running faster, not just by thinking about it). Yesterday I ran 10 easy in some shoes I'd never tried before (asics gel magic racers someone gave me); it felt ok but my shins weren't all that pleased. This morning's easy 6 didn't feel quite so easy after 4 miles, and once I noticed I'd slowed down, I caused that hamstring spasm trying to speed up again.
All day I dreaded this evening's little 4-miler because I was afraid it would suck and underline this injury and I'd get all depressed, but it went better than I thought it would - lower legs much happier, and only a bit of actual hamstring pain (the tightness remains). I can't tell if I'm getting better, holding steady, or something worse. The schedule calls for 3x1600 tomorrow, but I think I'm going to give it another day.
Posted by joe positive at January 2, 2006 6:09 PM