Ouch. That pretty much sums up my week so far. My left hamstring has been tight for a few weeks now, and while I've been stretching it to get some relief, I kept thinking that I should go get a massage and get everything worked out. Did I do that? Of course not. Instead I sat in a car for two days as we drove to Florida, and again for two days as we drove home. We did stop and walk around several times during the epic drives, but still, that was a lot of sitting.
Monday morning, I got up and ran my usual two miles with Jeff, and the hamstring never warmed up. By the time I was done, I was really hurting, especially to sit down...it was radiating up to my buttocks, as Forrest Gump would say. I stretched it and used the foam roller, but it got progressively more painful. I finally asked a couple of friends for massage recommendations, and called a woman who my running buddy Jenny uses. She came out to my house yesterday and really worked me over - one of those "hurts so good" things.
Before the massage, it hurt to sit. And walk. And bend down. Now, I'm feeling much a little better, but I still don't want to sit for too long. I've discovered that I can knit while laying on the couch, so I've been catching up with some television shows that I recorded while we were gone.
The sane thing for me to do would be to take a few more rest days, per Dr. Google's recommendation. I didn't run yesterday, but I'm doing an easy walk this morning, and I'll see how it feels after I run with Erica tomorrow. I have a 10K race this Saturday, so of course I'll be doing that, but if it seems like it's not getting any better, I'll go see a real doctor next week.
I have to say that this is pretty ironic considering I just had a full week off from running. And things that were bothering me, like a touch of shin splints and some knee pain, have gone away. I'm a little frustrated, but hopeful that the massage and some additional rest will cure this. I swear, it's always something when it comes to running!