I can really relate to your post - I had a stress fracture last spring so was on crutches too before a significant marathon. Also, I have been in the position before where you feel like you're just starting up again before some other niggle comes along and ruins your training/race plans.
I've also just got over a hip flexor strain - do you think maybe you have this?
I had a sports massage, saw a physio and cross-trained/rested. I biked a lot, but in hindsight, I think this was aggravating it.
It almost felt as though I needed to find this 'magic stretch' to be able to feel full flexbility and strength in the area again. Does yours feel like that?
The physio actually told me, oddly enough, to NOT stretch the area at all as I was only aggravating the inflammation whilst doing that. (And there I was going on all the hip flexor/inner and outer thigh stretch machines in the gym!) and surprisingly, it seemed to calm down a lot after that.
Obviously you are icing and taking ibuprofen as necessary?
Do you tend to switch between running surfaces much? Interestingly, mine came from switching between the tread and the road too much (and I'm certain my training on all that snow didn't help either).. I think this break in consistency can cause injury as our stride/form has to constantly adapt...
to recovery from chronic injury you need to take at least 6 weeks off running. after an inital rest period you need a proper rehabilitation phase. to many runners just rest and start running, which though may work for minor injury, more severe needs to be dealt with properly. physiotherapy, stretching, strengthening before an eventually very gradual return to running. particularly with tendons you need a very long time to recover as the blood supply is poor.
In all honesty if you really went from walking on crutches to running a marathon 5 weeks later I am not surprised you get injured. Madness !!
What is your fluid intake like? Believe it or not this can have a huge impact on muscle tightness. If the muscles are dehyrated the cells become turgid and actually compact and tighten and as a result can cause injury.You can get electrolyte sachets realtively cheap in your local chemist which can tackle dehydration (even if you dont feel you are, the best indicator is not thirst but the pee colour test)
If you can try get to a sports therapist/ massus on a regular basis to keep you loose. You may stretch but a good therapist can trace tightness back to places you never thought were connected to the part you feel the tightness in. Recently had calf tightness which was a result of running on my toes so much and solution was stretching out a muscle on the sole of my foot because unbeknowing to me the muscles were directly connnected
Other than this the only other tips I can give you seem to already be well up on. Stretching, yoga, enough rest, build mileage very slowly, work on strengthening muscles without over doing it
I would agree with hydration. this is massive to ensure the fascia is allowed to mobilise. Drinking at least two litres of water a day is boring advice but it works. All forms of alternative therapy share a common instruction: drink 2+ litres of water after treatment.
It sounds like you have a serious issue around your pelvis.
Take a look at this, hopefully it may help:
Hope these help.
Sorry I forgot to mention this, if your right hip flexor is tight, it could potentially be because of a problem with your LEFT ankle mobility.
Check this test and see if both ankles are same or left is down?
Use a measuring tape to find out your exact distance from wall. I always want my athletes to have at least 10cms.
Dave O'Sullivan wrote (see)
Sorry I forgot to mention this, if your right hip flexor is tight, it could potentially be because of a problem with your LEFT ankle mobility. Check this test and see if both ankles are same or left is down? http://prosportphysiotherapy.co.uk/running-tip-of-the-month-december-10/ Use a measuring tape to find out your exact distance from wall. I always want my athletes to have at least 10cms. Dave
The clockwise or anti-clockwise is basically bringing your knee 'around the clock' over your toes.
Here is a basic version with some extra good advice from a colleague I know in the US but you will need to go around the clock also as well as just straight over your toes if that makes sense.
Hope this helps.
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