After resting up my leg and taking it easy for a couple days I decided it was time to test how its doing. Wednesday morning I did some short speed, but just on the grass to see how things felt. My hamstring held up pretty well for most of it and I was looking forward to finally lighting it up in the afternoon session. The workout for the afternoon was some starts on the corner then some speed endurance, 150-120-80 with three minutes break. After the starts things were feeling pretty good, I could still feel a knot in my leg but things were definitely better. My coach was a little hesitant to let me do the speed endurance workout, but I was able to convince her that I was ready to run. Several days of ‘easy’ workouts were really starting to get to me, I was ready to run! I told my coach that if I felt anything funny I would stop running and call it a day. I lined up and awaited the commands. I felt like I was ready both mentally and physically. *GO!* I pushed off hard and everything was feeling good. As I came off the bend I went from pushing, to standing up tall and pushing down on the track. Halfway through the stretch I started to feel something, I had felt this before. I could feel the knot in my hamstring starting to grab. Everything was feeling so good! Why was this happening! I let up at the first feel of the grab and coasted in for the remainder. I thought I could just walk it off and be ready for the next one. I started to walk back, and as I did my leg started to burn. From my bum to my calf was on fire and I could barely move. As each second passed, the pain got worse and I had to stop in my tracks. I knew this was going to be the end of my workout. I took off my spikes are retreated to the pole vault mat to raise my leg and hopefully keep down some inflammation. I spent the rest of the evening icing and taking Advil trying to keep it from getting any worse. I knew going into the workout it was possible this was going to happen, so I wasn’t too upset about it.
I took the next morning off and did an easy workout the following evening. I continued to feel the soreness, so I didn’t push it. After doing some weights and some general drills my hamstring was still holding up pretty well. I continued to ice all night with hopes of being able to get back to normal workouts.
This morning I was able to put spikes back on and do some short speed without any pain. I’m hoping that tonight I’ll be able to do a full workout again without any pain. I think for the rest of the camp I’ll just try to get the most out of the workouts that I can and not get anymore injured.