Since I have started my longer runs I have had soreness in my thighs which normally eases off when I get into my run but returns once I have finished. Yesterday I went out for my first run of week 9 but after 20 minutes my thighs were so sore I stopped so as not to injure myself. I am doing stretches both before and after my run and also stretch programs on the days in between my runs.
Today I mentioned my problem to a friend who goes to the gym who suggested that as I have a bulging disc in my neck which is causing me curvature of the spine my body probably has a muscular imbalance and causing overactive muscles. Apparently although stretching is really important no amount of it will help as its soft tissue and flexibility I need to work on. He described it as a knot and stretching it only makes it tighter so I also need to address the knot and to do this I need to buy a foam roller and use it daily or invest in lots of sports massages which is not an option.
Has anyone else suffered with this and if so have they tried a foam roller and do they work?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I feel I am so near the finishing line but could also be so far away due to just not being able to complete those 3 last runs and was rather hoping this to be part of my normal weekly exercise.