I finished my first marathon last October (3:57) and a 50K ultra a few weeks later. I have been training for a marathon this Sunday (19th April).
About 3 weeks ago I developed a dull ache in my right thigh. Rolling was painful but gave some relief, I cant ‘hit it’ with any kind of stretch although various hip and hip flexor stretches seem to have helped. My last 20 miler was about 4 weeks ago and went well, and I’ve cut down since then. I did a 12 mile run about 2 weeks ago and found myself hobbling for the first mile or so, but it felt like something I could run through and by 8 miles I couldn’t feel any problems. However, the dull ache returned. I cut my mileage right back (taper time anyway). I last ran on Monday this week (6 miles) and again thigh was sore for the first mile but then felt ok. But the dull ache returned! I did 4 on Wednesday, fitting the same pattern.
I did 20 mins on the elliptical today, followed by about 30 seconds on the treadmill – but stopped when the thigh felt sore again.
Following that, I tried the ‘hang test’ using a foam roller under my thigh. I get a nasty pain about 2 thirds of the way up the thigh – indicative of a stress fracture !!!!! gutted.
So… I’ve pulled out of the marathon on Sunday as I’m sure I’d be in a ditch by half way.
Sorry for the long post – but what next ? If I go to my GP will they actually *do* anything? I’m not sure I have any GPs at my practise who are runners. Would I just get fobbed off to rest and come back if its painful in x weeks, or is there a chance they could actually refer me somewhere useful to get a proper diagnosis and a plan ? I could spend £40 at my local physio, but I’m not sure that would get me any further.
Anyone able to share their experiences ? I’m stuck as to what my next move should be. Needless to say I wont be running – but can I use the elliptical ?!
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I've tried loads of headphone - sony neckband (used to be good but they changed them and now the sound is awful), Philips SHQ1200/10 ActionFit (again awful sound quality and didnt stay in my ears), Philips SHQ4200/10 ActionFit (these were great, but the band because twisted and after that they just wouldnt stay in the right place and kept falling out), PMX80 (made my ears sore!).
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