It could simply be that you're pushing comparatively hard in the races.. but an important question is about your stretching.
The next comment assumes that when you posted the word "attach" it was actually a autospellcorrected version of stretch??
I know you can't type every detail, so this might be nothing... but you seem to say that you normally do a 5 minute warm up walk before your training runs.... but you specifically mention that your stretched BEFORE both your troublesome race-runs.
It is no longer recommended that you stretch before running. Your walking warm up is good, and if you have a troublesome area, then making sure that your warm up includes movement of those muscles is a good thing too. But don't stretch muscles until they are thoroughly warmed up. I had persistent minor groin pain until someone pointed this out to me. I was stretching my cold groin muscles before exercise, thinking this would prepare them for the football / running... without thinking of the consequences of stretching cold groin muscles !
So, it is important to do a 'dynamic' warm up... and at the end of your run, do a dynamic warm down (as you're doing)... but follow it up with static stretching - to reconfigure your muscle fibres. Searching YouTube is one way of finding a recommended programme of stretches.
That could help you with your declared problem... and might even offer an explanation as to the cause, if you thought that additional cold-stretching was a good thing prior to your more intense races (which is exactly what I used to do)... rather than limited (or zero) cold stretching that you've done prior to your training runs.
Good luck with it.
Thanks for that - this is the routine I am doing when I "train" so I should just ensure I do that when I race.
Many thanks for confirming this for me
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