commiseration's freemers and Minnie, I've lurked on this forum for the last 16 weeks, never contributing because that would mean officially putting it out there that I was after sub 3:30.
today I ran 3:31.52 which I am happy with given the weather, but I want to thank all on this forum because your chat contains vital advice to those who are embarking on am uncertain event.
my ignorance, without this forum, would have cost me at least another 5 minutes (putting me out of boston marathon qualifying) so whilst I didn't achieve sub3.30, I want to say thank you to all the regulars who unknowingly have provided nuggets of help and advicE.
VLM put something on twitter about it, when I asked "will this just be at 5/10/15k intervals, or literally a GPS tracker?" they messaged me saying "hi nicki, this will be a GSP tracker. Check out our website from 7am sunday for more details . . . " I'm presuming GSP is a typo? maybe there will be more information at the expo?
Sounds like ITBS to me, I had pain in exactly the same area last year. I agree with Nicky mcn, you really should see a physio for an accurate diagnosis. If it is ITBS, get yourself a foam roller, to be honest, even if it isn't, foam rollers are a great tool for keeping your muscles in good hope anyway!
There's loads of articles out there about using foam rollers as part of a warm up (google it) Like everything, there are people for, and people against.
Have copied a paragraph which sums it up (including no of strokes etc)
During warm-ups, the main goal is to concentrate on loosening up the muscles and increasing blood flow. For a complete warm-up, it can be combined with stretching and a dynamic workout. For an effective foam roller warm-up, it’s suggested that shorter strokes of 15-20 in each area should be used. After the muscles start to loosen, lengthen the stroke of the roll. Even though the strokes should be shorter in the beginning, you aren’t looking to do a lot of pressure point therapy or work on specific trigger points. Once again, it’s just a to loosen the muscles and increase blood flow to the area.