I've had a similar pain for a few months now. When I start running I get a pain from the outside of my left buttock to the inside of my left knee - almost crossing over diagonally across the muscle in the back of my upper leg. When I start running its quite intense (made worse I think because my runs always start at the bottom of a hill due to where I live) but does tend to ease after a couple of miles.
A colleague said its “definitely” sciatica and I should do a stretch before running that involved laying on my back and putting my feet over my head on to the floor behind me – this definitely stretches the muscle and I can feel the pain, but doing this hasn’t really helped the problem.
Anyone have any thoughts on what else this could be, or if it is Sciatica the best way to combat the little bugger!
One of the funniest things I saw was at the Cardiff half a couple of years ago, the pacer for the 1h 30min group was running while eating a cheeseburger! Shows how much they are running beneath their capability. lol
Apparently its common to put on quite a few pounds during a two week taper too, as your body continues to demand food at an increased rate (akin to when you were training hard), but you're not burning the same amount of calories. I'm trying to control that, but i'm constantly hungry right now!
Did 16.5 last weekend, a couple of 13.1's during the week prior to that. Did 12.5 last night and just having a short 5 miler tonight followed by 8 tomorrow. My plan is a half on the weekend then run a short run every third day next week up until Thursday...