On Monday, I saw my chiropractor to check out my left leg, since it’s been causing pain for over a week now. Thankfully, it’s nothing serious…just a super tight sartorius muscle, which is a long thin muscle that runs down the length of the thigh. It’s actually the longest muscle in the human body, in case you’re interested. 🙂
The doc was able to work out the tightness, and I am very tender still but definitely feel much looser. I was able to run yesterday, though I took it easy (per coach’s orders) and alternated running for 8 minutes and walking for 2 minutes for a total of 4 rounds. I felt great after and will be able to run tomorrow (alternating 10 min of running with 2 min of walking for a total of 4 rounds)…if I get through that fine as well, then I can run the full length of my long run on Saturday (9-10 miles). Woo hoo! Keep your fingers crossed.
I asked why this happened, since I’ve been so diligent about stretching, doing my yoga and using my stick after runs. The answer should’ve been obvious to me, but wasn’t…when you increase your mileage, as I am in preparation for my upcoming half-marathon, you need to increase the time you stretch…particularly the time used with the stick. So a big “Duh!” on my part, and now I feel like a total idiot. But now I know, and it’s nothing serious, so I feel hopeful again that I just might be able to complete this half-marathon without any walk breaks after all.