I apparently over did it with my leg stengthening on Tuesday. Wednesday I cut my run short when 3 miles in I had a hitch in my running that I couldn’t get over after being warmed up. My right hip and leg felt like it was giving out every other step. I tried to walk it out with no luck. I cut my run short because a few miles lost is not a big deal and I don’t want to run the miles gimpy like that. I foam rolled and biofreezed.
This morning I woke up to a stiff abductor and adductor on the right side, which correlates to my weight training. I did try to do a bit more than normal. So now it’s ice and heat, biofreeze and aleeve for three days to get this thing over with as soon as possible.
Thanks to Ritter for the suggestion of a thigh/groin commpression wrap! I have a wrap for every other part of my leg and foot, but just didn’t even consider there were ones made for thighs. She tore her hamstring in gymnastics before and wore one as a part of her recovery. That was enough endorsement for me. I picked up a TruFit from Dick’s Sporting Goods and got 20% off with a coupon. Not a bad investment for $14! It fits great and already feels much better with it on. I’ll even consider running in this compression wrap on race day if things aren’t far enough along in healing.
I’ll be doing ice baths each day too, just to be as preventative as possible.
I’m going to lose out on 11 miles this week in my training plan, but they were all easy pace runs so it shouldn’t be a big deal. I would rather get to this race rested and ready for a fresh new week of running.
I hope I don’t go crazy having to be so idle in the running department. I think I’ll do some light abs and arm work to keep me busy. Light though, no more muscle strains this close to race day!