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6/15/11 11:54 P

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So, I tried a run today wearing different shoes and I was able to make it 21 min before stopping for a 30 sec break, then ran a few minutes more. this was all after having sedation for dental work on Monday, so I am pleased. New shoes have been added to my list of things I want! :)

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6/15/11 7:56 A

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I too agree with the shoes. I didn't realize how much they made a difference until I got the wrong pair. Most local running stores can help you find the perfect pair. It's worth the investment. Good luck figuring out the problem.

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6/13/11 12:17 P

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I had the same problem, and ended up with a hamstring strain - from weak glutes and hips - who knew? It's taken me around 6 months to get back to my pre-injury strength, but I didn't take any time off from running. I used a hamstring wrap to support the weakened muscle, which also forced my glutes and hip muscles to get in the action instead of the hamstrings.

Keep stretching, and work on that strength training. A Sports Injury specialist would be able to analyze your form/pain better than we possibly could - but sounds like everyone has great suggestions!


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6/12/11 9:19 P

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I agree ... check the shoes... especially if you can't remember when you last got new ones. If you run regularly , track your mileage and pay attention to the manufacturers instructions with regard to useful life. That info can be found on most manufacturer's websites.

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6/12/11 1:12 P

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Thanks for the quick replies ladies!

I will try the run without stretching today and see if that makes a difference. As for the shoes, that could also be it as I am in need of new shoes.

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6/12/11 12:39 P

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Have you checked your shoes? If they're wearing out or if you need more support in a different part of your foot, that might be affecting your hamstring. I had a friend who started getting a similar problem while on Week 6 of C25K and getting new insoles for her shoes really helped her.

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6/12/11 11:32 A

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AMSPARKY,

I just read a very fascinating article regarding stretching. While stretching will not prevent injury, doing so during a run can actually stimulate a stretch reflex response and actually make the muscles even tighter. That being said, stretching when you aren't running, even using a myo-fascial release tool such as a dense foam roller or The Stick may help keep the muscles elongated.

As for form, this is difficult to say...just make sure you stand upright with your foot plant just below your center of gravity (hips) and that you are not reaching too far out in front of you with your lead leg.

Also note that running hills (especially uphill) can put undo strain on the hamstrings. And remember that strength training is essential for runners to keep muscles in balance.

I hope this helps! RUN SPARK STRONG!
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6/12/11 11:28 A

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Do you do any strength training? My hamstrings used to be super tight but I've been doing strength training for a few months now and don't really have that issue anymore. I've noticed that dead lifts really help with lengthening/stretching the hamstrings.

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6/12/11 11:25 A

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Hi all!

I am currently in Week 8 of C25K and have been having weird hamstring issues. I have been doing a 5-7 min warm up, then stopping and stretching my hammies, then starting my run.

This doesn't seem to be working anymore and I don't understand why. I stretch daily and am only running 3 days a week, but when I tried my run on Friday I couldn't even finish my run.

It's not a pulled or torn muscle (I've had both) they just get really tight and need to be stretched.

Could this be related to how I am running? I am already hella slow (but still moving! :) ) and only run on the treadmill at the gym (allergies and asthma).

Any thoughts or insights are greatly appreciated! I hate feeling like I need to stop only to stretch.

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