Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Running Struggles

For the past two weeks, I’ve had some muscle pain in my right leg. At first I thought I’d pulled my groin, but then the pain started changing. I couldn’t stretch it out for the life of me and other muscles started to hurt too, because they had to compensate for my non-working muscle. After a couple of days off early last week, it seemed like the pain was more focused on my gracilis muscle. I worked out a couple of days in the middle of the week, to see if it I could run through the pain or not. It turned out, that I could not and I didn’t want to injure myself any further. I took it easy the rest of last week and took Easter weekend and the following Monday off from working out at all.

It is very difficult not to work out when you want to, but sometimes you have to take care of yourself and realize that an injury needs to heal before you can really benefit from working out. Yesterday, I hopped onto the treadmill and finally felt okay. I didn’t feel any pain at all until about mile 3, where I felt a dull pain in my leg, and at that point I decided not to push myself too hard. I ran 4 miles and stretched for a long time afterword. I think all the resting I did worked and the muscle will be okay. I just need to keep an eye on it and not push too hard right away. Hopefully, I’ll be as good as new coming into May because that is when my official marathon training starts up!

PS - While writing this post and researching a photo of the gracilis muscle, I discovered that the gracilis muscle has a Facebook page. Wow.

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