I've been suffering some discomfort on and off in my thigh (ITB/glute, I think)for several weeks. On 20th March, I ran the North London Half in a slightly disappointing time of 2:20, after I found that the bloody thing had hills! I was physically ok afterwards, though my feet were sore and my leg ached a bit. Two weeks later (Sunday before last) I ran the White Horse Half. My leg was twinging a little beforehand, but I thought it would be ok. I don't know if it was because I set off too fast, but by about half way, it was getting worse. The pain spread until it was all round my thigh and up to my hip, making running quite uncomfortable. I managed to keep going and finish, though I was wondering if I would make it.
Afterwards, I was in serious discomfort. I visited the osteopath as soon as I could, on Tuesday, and after a great deal of poking about, getting his fingers/thumbs to reach deep into my muscles, he diagnosed the injury as being in my hamstring. Deep tissue massage (ouch) and some pulling me about, and he suggested a few days rest before starting to run gently again, and plenty of gentle stretches.
So, of course I tried to run with the 401 challenge on Thursday morning, but had to abort. At a slow, gentle jog it wasn't too bad, but at the pace they set off at, I simply couldn't keep up without pain and the worry I'd simply make it worse. I helped with the beginners group at the club in the evening, which was fine. I did parkrun on Saturday, promising myself I wouldn't worry about time, but take it easy. I kept my promise, and actually really enjoyed it, chatting with people as I jogged.
I realised, though, that my leg was being slow to feel better, so I decided on total rest for a few days. I haven't run since Saturday, and I'm starting to feel a bit stir crazy! My running records for the last few weeks look pathetic, apart from the two halves. In 20 days I'm doing the MK half, and I want to be ok for that.
Today it feels an awful lot better. I'll be running with the beginners again on Thursday evening, and if it feels right, perhaps I'll have a very little outing before then.
I'm not good at being patient, or a patient!