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March 11, 2015

Half Marathon Training: How Do You Feel?

Day 4 of my half marathon training is my first rest day. Thank goodness. I've been looking forward to my day of rest because everything is sore!

Right off the bat, about 1/3 of the way into my first run, I felt my right SI joint and then my right psoas muscle begin a back and forth conversation. I have a long history of SI joint instability, since before I started massage therapy school. Fixing the SI joint became an area of expertise while I was a massage therapist, but I've never been able to fix my own and keep it fixed. Healer, heal thyself! So when I got home, I went to work on myself, freeing a small lesion where my right psoas was stuck down onto the underlying iliacus muscle. Once the muscles, which act together for pelvic stabilization, could slide smoothly across each other, I had no more SI joint discomfort during my runs.

Running down hills (which was easiest for me on day 1 of training) is known to be hard on the knees. Thankfully, my knees feel fine. But my quadriceps, those big muscles on the front of the thigh, are sending me hate mail. Going down stairs lately requires a handrail for safety. And sitting down ... well, lets just say that investing in highboy toilets may be a good idea in future house renovation.

Tensor fascia latae, the muscle on the outside of the hips that give tautness and support to the iliotibial band of the legs, are complaining too. Lots of stretching and range of motion exercise helped to calm them down. Following the second run, they did not complain nearly as much.

The adductor muscles run all the way down the inner thigh of the leg. Because of the pattern of discomfort, I thought my sartorious was complaining, but sartorious is a weak muscle and plays little role in pelvic stabilization during activity. The adductor muscles line up perpendicularly right underneath sartorious. So, once I took my third run (another 5 miler) I realized it was ALL the inner thigh muscles that were complaining. Unlike tensor fascia latae above, they did not calm down with additional running, which means there is a problem Houston!

My next post: Investigating why my inner thigh muscles hurt so much and what I should do about that.

Posted by linda at March 11, 2015 9:44 AM

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