I started with a niggle in my left hamstring since about this time last year (noticed it pulling in a 10 mile race) and after a few months of ignoring it but then not being able to do any speed sessions, I went out for a steady 8 mile trail run back in July and had to stop and walk after 2 miles as the pain was excrutiating and burning.
So at this point I bit the bullet and went to see a sports physio who did deep massage to break down the scar tissue and gave me sets of exercises to do. I have been seeing the physio regularly since and building my running up again slowly and thought it was resolved, it turns out I only 'pulled' it and didn't have an acute tear or anything like that, but now I'm ramping my mileage up again (26 miles per wk over 4 runs), I have still been trying to stick to slowish runs.
Earlier this wk I decided to try and push it a bit, I went out for a 7 mile run at 9 min/mile pace (I've been running slower at 10-10.30 min miling for a few wks) and after 1.5 miles could feel my hamstring really pulling again so I stopped and walked before it got too bad, I did a bit of a run/walk all the way home but could not run for more than 30 seconds at a time as it was burning bad again. I haven't been able to get back to see the physio again but have been getting hubby to do some massage on my leg.
So now I am absolutely gutted and worried, I feel like I am back to square one and the money I have spent on physio has been wasted as it's not working, where do I go from here? I am desperate to get out there running and racing again, I have followed my physio's advice since I first went to them in July, I do plenty of stretches mid run and afterwards and thought it was better, but as soon as I start upping the pace again I'm hobbling.
I tried a run a couple of days ago and managed 6.5 miles but took it really slow (11 min/miling) and could feel my hamstring pulling all the way but not enough to make me stop, although I found the whole run exhausting physically and had to take walk breaks which is just not something I have had to do for years!!
Please help, I am totally fed up