The info from Coach Nancy is great...I would add that if it's been awhile since you've gotten new shoes OR if you've never been fitted for shoes by a professional at a running store, that you might want to consider taking care of that. I know that I can always tell when my shoes are nearing the end of their "life" when I start having soreness in my outer foot. As soon as I replace the shoes, I am back to 100% again!
General guidelines say replace your shoes every 500 miles, but depending on the individual's level of support needed it may be a little less than that.
Injuries are tough as to what one can do because many times the source of the pain or discomfort is not the cause of the issue. In other words, an external rotation of your foot can lead to knee, hip, even back issues. Also know that you cannot outstretch an injury. Stretching helps keep us flexible, but they do not necessarily prevent an injury, especially if your injury is caused from poor running bio-mechanics.
Of course the slant of the road can most definitely cause an issue. My suggestion is to take a couple weeks off and see how you feel at that time. If your strain comes back or does not resolve then you may want to contact a sports medicine doc who specializes in running issues.
I wish you a SPEEDY SparkRecovery!
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I have been running since last August and I was injury free until about November. I strained my inner thigh and now it's migrating down to my hamstring. I stretch before each run and after each run. I have taken some time off between runs and it seems to work only for a week or two. My typical running program is 3 miles on Monday, 4+ miles on Wednesday, 3 miles on Friday...what gives? I did notice that as I look at the sidewalk as I am running, it is slanted towards the street and the side of my body that is typically on the "street side" does not hurt but it's my other side. What gives?
Any suggestions on extra stretches that I can do? Does it matter if the running surface is flat or slightly angled? I need some guidance here b/c I hate not running...it's so dadgum fun! Thanks for reading so much!
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