My Right Hamstring

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.

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6 thoughts on “My Right Hamstring

  1. I’ve had a hamstring problem most of the summer. I got it from doing too much hill work after slacking off for three weeks. Not a good idea.
    I first noticed it when I was driving home from work the Monday after my 2nd hill routine. The pain shooting down my leg was unbelievable!
    It never really bother me while running, but sitting in my car for more than 20 minutes was unbearable.
    I’ve been in PT for about 2 months now. Between that and the exercises they gave me, i’m improving. If your insurance will cover PT, go for it.

      1. I needed to get a referral from my PCP. As a friend said to me, if insurance will cover it, why not? You need the treatment, or at least a proper diagnosis of your problem. I still pay $20 co-pay. Good luck.

  2. You’re such an adult about the situation. I’d be writing my will or something right now. But you’ll heal quickly since you’re being smart about it. Good thing you signed up for that swim class too! Time in the pool with help.

    1. That’s only because I’ve already done the freaking out about it several times before. That, and I already decided not to run Lakefront. I would be a basket case if another injury ruined another marathon.

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