My right hamstring and I are not getting along. At all. It hurts when I am sitting, especially driving. It hurts if I run fast or far. It hurts when I don’t run. I cannot express how glad I am that I decided weeks ago not to run Lakefront. Can you imagine the insane mess of a person I would be right now if I had a marathon coming up?
In typical form I got on the internet and stated googling. I’m not a novice at this. I don’t believe just anything. I avoid WebMD at all costs because it will say I need my leg amputated or something equally as ridiculous. I ended up spending a lot of time on the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute website. While I have personal issues with Aurora as a business, which I won’t get into, I do trust the information.
The Basics: the hamstring is not one muscle. It is a muscle group. The hamstring group is comprised of three different muscles – the semimembranosis, semitendinosis and biceps femoris.
“Hamstring strains or “pulls” are usually non-contact in nature. Common causes of hamstring strains include decreased flexibility, decreased strength, inadequate warm-up and muscle fatigue. To help prevent injury or to ensure full recovery following a strain, each of these conditions must be addressed.”
After reading this I’m not all that surprised I managed to injure myself again. I am really good about thinking about foam rolling and stretching and terrible about actually doing it.
The advice to avoid an injury and recovering from an injury are summed up in a nice short and sweet way, which I should be doing anyways: Strengthening and stretching the hamstring. Nothing earth shattering there.
So instead of bitching and moaning, which I’ve been trying to keep to a minimum, I guess I should actually care for my body. I think I was trying to ride on my youth a little too long. My mom always told me if would catch up with me. So all those stretches I’ve learned over the last 10+ years might come in handy.
And on that note I need to change how I’m sitting because my stupid hamstring hurts.