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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Upper thigh pain

I followed my Training plan this morning and ran 2 miles. I didn't focus on speed at all. I ran one mile without breaking or lowering my speed. I ran a slooooow mile at a 12:00 pace and enjoyed it because I didn't push myself too hard. I think before when I was attempting to run a 9 min mile, I burnt out too quickly because I'm just not ready to go that fast!

The second mile went a little differently. I tried running for 2 minutes and walking for 1 minute. I actually hated doing this. Just when I was at a good pace, I had to slow down again. Blah.

Now I am getting ready for work and catching up on blog posts. My upper thighs hurt so bad. I am used to shin splints but this is even worse!!

I looked at this link on Cool Running and it says to stop running until the pain goes away. I'm going to wait and see how I feel tomorrow.

Do you get shin splints or other annoying little aches and pains after running? What do you do? I am totally new to this kind of pain!

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At October 7, 2009 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely think if the pain is really bad you should stop until it goes away.

And don't feel obligated to do that walking intervals, especially if you feel like they are slowing you down.

Sometimes if I need a breather, I will just jog really slow for a minute and that way I don't break my pace too bad by stopping to walk. But walk if you need to!

Good luck :)

At October 7, 2009 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Mari said...

Oh I feel your pain! I get shin splints, tight quads, heel pain lol and the list goes on...

did you try the stretches on cool running? they are all pretty good...

you are doing a great job honey!

At October 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM , Blogger sam said...

wow something worse than shinsplints? amanda you must be in some kind of pain! I can not wait to see if you are walking funny at work. Just kidding girl! yay for your 2 miles this morning!

At October 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM , Blogger Missy said...

Oh my goodness I get the worst shin splints when I run. My whole lower leg just tightens up! It sucks. I started being sure to stretch after warming up and that seemed to help.

Good luck!

At October 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM , Blogger ABB said...

Hi Amanda,

You're going great! It's good to follow a program but if you really didn't enjoy the walking component maybe you're ready to run through it? Or perhaps run 2 minutes walk 1. Or even move up a week in the program. Different folks will develop running fitness quicker or slower than others, so there's nothing wrong in tweaking a generic program to suit your own running style and development.

As for pains and niggles, welcome to running! I get quite tight calves as a given, but find that having a decent warm up (either walking, or step ups or lunges) and then a proper stretch after the run really helps to decrease the amount of discomfort I have.

But again, different strokes for different folks, you need to find what works for you.

It's also pretty rare for me to run two days in a row, I like to give myself at least one day of recovering so my muscles are fresh for the next run.

Mostly it's active recovery and I'll cycle and do weights at the gym, or get in a yoga class or something similar.

Keep up the good work, I'm enjoying reading about it!

At October 7, 2009 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

gahhh! poor thing :( rest those legs of yours girl... you don't wannt to push yourself and do serious damage!!

At October 7, 2009 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Totally understand! I ran a half marathon last year and pulled my hip flexor. Injuries stink!! Take it slow.

At October 26, 2009 at 9:52 PM , Anonymous stephanie (Surviving Chicago) said...

i know this is super delayed but i have a great stretch for the upper front thigh/hip area if that is where it hurts... kneel down on one knee (like how you would if you were proposing) and tilt your hip up. do NOT bend forward...just tilt the hip. you should feel a great stretch thru the top of your thigh. hope that helps!


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