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Hi all, just a quick question. I pulled something in my hamstring about a week ago in the back of my leg and I shut down my training in hopes that I could still do my race tomorrow. Its only a sprint, so the distance is short, but the intensity will be high. I still feel it just a bit, nothing major but I haven't done any training in about a week. Would it be a good idea to just do a light jog tonight, maybe a mile or so, just to see how it reacts, or do you think I should just go out tomorrow blind and play it by ear. Also, I am not a person that stretches........ever. I know thats probably not a good thing, but I just don't do it. Would i do more harm to it tonight by doing some stretching? Thanks in advance


2013-08-10 3:22 PM
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I read an article the other day. They said if you can walk normally within 24 hours of the hamstring sprain it's probably mild.

They said the biggest risk was the speed and intensity with which you start out. They didn't think that stretching really helped. They also felt that running slightly bent forward at your hips would irritate the muscle more.

So, gentle start in an upright position and as you speed up pay close attention to what your hamstring is telling you.

Good luck. I pulled a hamstring at a midnight fun run on a Friday and then did a Tri on Sunday morning. Not my best running time, but I finished.
2013-08-10 3:49 PM
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I certainly wouldn't go straight into a race tomorrow if you haven't tested it in training. I can only say what I would do and that would be to try a run tonight.

The last thing you want to do is make it worse and have to take weeks off - there will always be more races if you can't make it for tomorrow.
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