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2012-10-02 6:53 PM

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Subject: Pulled hamstring before HIM...
So I have my first half ironman in less than a month and I pulled my hamstring pretty bad this past Friday. I haven't been able to get out and do my long rides/runs the previous two weekends prior to my injury because of bad weather.

My question is how much am I losing over because of this? If two weeks ago I was confident in my preparation and fitness, will I be alright for my race? I'm resting the remainder of the week and will start training up again on Monday as long a my hamstring is alight (I will be swimming in the meantime).

Thanks for the input in advance!


2012-10-02 6:59 PM
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Subject: RE: Pulled hamstring before HIM...
I had a major hang string issue when I played soccer, for some reason my hamstring would just lock up after an hour or so into my game PAINFUL and it would side line me. I'd feel better and wham something. Here is what fixed it. VITAMIN C, I'm not kidding I was look for stretches on line for my hamstring and came across a website that said if I was warmed up and it pulled I needed more vitamin C. So now when I do sports I take vitamin c normally 4 of the chew tabs I think it's about 2000 iu. I have Never had it happen again in 12 years. So give it a try vitamin c won't hurt U. Cheers and good luck.
2012-10-02 7:16 PM
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If your base fitness is good you won't lose too much if any.  Important thing is to give the hamstring enough rest and don't re-injure it.  If you can run on it, then don't over stride (keep the speed down).  If its sore (painful) about an hour after a run then it hasn't healed.  Start back into running with short runs, you're too close to the race to risk a occurrence.

 

2012-10-03 8:49 AM
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vonschnapps - 2012-10-02 7:16 PM

If your base fitness is good you won't lose too much if any.  Important thing is to give the hamstring enough rest and don't re-injure it.  If you can run on it, then don't over stride (keep the speed down).  If its sore (painful) about an hour after a run then it hasn't healed.  Start back into running with short runs, you're too close to the race to risk a occurrence.

 

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And you might consider kinesiology tape.  I use it on an injured adductor.  (The cow pattern tape in my last race raised some eyebrows.)  But it's helping me. Make sure you have it put on by a professional.



Edited by ironultrared 2012-10-03 8:50 AM
2012-10-03 9:15 AM
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You will loose almost no real fitness at this point. I just had a foot injury that kept me down for 2 weeks, almost, prior to a double race weekend and I did just as well as if I had trained. mentally I had doubts, but I ran and biked as fast as ever. 

Where it has been bad for me is the days following the event. I am more tired than normal. 

But a rested and healed hamstring will be far better then any extra few seconds of fitness you might be able to squeeze out during a couple of weeks.

Once the recovery is going well, active recovery with some strength/ stretching and light exercise. Also look in foam rollers or massage.

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