I’ve been dealing with some mild hamstring pain since the marathon. I’m not sure if it was the marathon in particular, or possibly falling down the stairs later that month, or just years of neglecting my strength and flexibility. I have been able to run 30 miles per week without issue, if I keep the pace easy. Add some speed? Hamstring pain the next day. It is very frustrating. I’m trying to fix this annoyance by stretching and strengthening my hips/glutes by doing this routine after every run and foam rolling too.
I made it through easy 12 miles on Saturday without any issues but on Sunday I was very aware of my hamstring. It was just bad enough that I decided to take a rest day instead of a recovery run. I mentioned to my husband that I was going to defer my half marathon entry to next year which he thought was ridiculous: “Who cares what your finish time is? Every race does not need to be a PR attempt, some of them can just be for fun.”
And honestly, I could use some fun in my life right now. School is the absolute worst. I’m so tired of being constantly stressed out. Worrying that I am letting people down. Feeling like I have no time for the things I want to do. So I’ll be running just for fun in two weeks. I’ll add another awesome shirt to my collection and eat delicious homemade cookies at the finish line. And try to forget that I’ll still have one more month of school do deal with later.
I think treating this race like a normal long run is a much smarter long term plan than trashing my hammy in March and spending April and May trying to repair the damage. Instead I’ll be focusing on recovery and strengthening now and hopefully starting April feeling healthy and strong.