I've not had a proper run for 4 weeks now. I've previously mentioned here that I first experienced a little pain in my thigh muscle - that lead to pain in the knee - just before participating in the 10K race at the end of October. I strapped my knee up and ran the race - which went well with no problems that day. But each run since then has got progressively worse, despite leaving 5, 6 and latterly 7 days rest between runs. It came to a climax on Wednesday this week when the thigh and knee pain started after 1.5km The walk home was painful and for the first time the leg remained painful afterwards, despite icing, including keeping me awake at night.
Today I had an appointment with a sports Physiotherapist who told me I've over-worked, to the point of damaging, both my Iliotibial band and my Gracilis muscle (one of the inside of my thigh). She gave these a good deep massage and has strapped me up with kinesiology tape on inner and outer thigh.
I've another appointment with her on Thursday and in the meantime I can cycle and walk, but no running. She'll decide on future course of action then. On the plus side, unlike a foot or ankle injury, she tells me the thigh muscles have a large blood supply so tend to respond to treatment better.