(Closed) Half-Marathoner Bees: Pain from running??

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m not a long distance runner — I usually stick around 3 miles. But my advice is to make sure you’re stretching after your runs (NOT before when you’re cold/stiff). Make sure you walk a bit to warm up (or jumping jacks or something). Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@jules28:  Hey there, while it would be better for you not to have any pain, if you do have an injury which it sounds like you do, it will keep happening in the same place, 14km is not that great a distance for it to be just a niggle, it sounds like an injury that you should probably get checked out. You may not be able to fix it, and may have to always push through it, but if you can fix it, you are better off nipping it in the bud. 

I have run halfs and 1 ful marathon before, and it was only towards the end of the full did I start to have a few niggles in my knees.

If your right hip flexer is giving you grief it may have something to do with your left knee or your right foot, I would get it checked as if it is say your right foot, with a flow on affect through your body, new shoes or orthodics may help.

How long until your run?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have had minor hip pain, but nothing like that.

When I trained for my first I managed to get a deep contusion in my left foot on my 10 mile run the weekend before the race. I took the week off and was still hurting when race day came, but I’m stupid, so I just popped some advil and went for it. I survived and went to the doctor the next day…lucky to find out it wasn’t anything worse.

My body is used to the distance, now, so the worst pain I get is just some mild aching in my knees.

Have you looked for information on proper stretching techniques? I don’t know where you are in your training process, but you may want to take a few days of rest and see how you feel then. It took 2 full weeks for my foot pain to resolve.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I get really bad tightness/pain in my IT band.  Have you tried The Stick or a foam roller?  The Stick has worked wonders for me!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@jules28:  Ah the stick! Its the toothbrush for your muscles! Sorry I saw that on its package once and now that’s all I think when its mentioned. The stick is this:

Basically you rub your muscles with it. Its amazing. I got one for Fiance last year and we now both use it all the time!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@jules28:  I had been doing lots of running (up to 12km per run) before deciding to enter a half marathon, and I was running with a group so it didn’t feel like a huge jump getting to 21km and the training was fun as it was a group thing.

Sprints are the best way to get in peak form, we would sprint for 1km then rest for 2min then go again and repeat 4-6 times. We would do this instead of a normal run once a week.

I loved running half marathons because they are long enough that you dont have to start out flat out but also only go for in my case 1.48min.

I dont know if I will run a full again any time soon, they are another kettle of fish alltogether lol.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Future Mrs. W:  That’s it!  I have the marathon stick.  You can also get a foam roller, but that really hurts my IT band and takes up more space.  I prefer the stick.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@hotchildinthecity:  We got the marathon stick too! It is definitely much easier to store. Our foam roller is down in the basement because we have no room for it anywhere else. So we never end up using it. Luckily since we got the stick we don’t really need it much!

OP I would definitely recommend the stick. Though your hip pain does sound more severe so I would get it checked out by a physician as well.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hotchildinthecity:  Seconded! It sounds like IT band pain. I like to use the foam roller if I go to the gym, but if I’m at home, I just sit on the floor with my legs out, cross one leg over (with the knee up, foot flat on the ground), and rub the IT band with the base of my hand. It should create a weird tickly/hurty sensation. Massage all the way from the knee up the outer thigh to your hip. You can also look up other IT band stretches, but that’s the one that my physical therapist recommended and has worked best for me!

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