I was thrown a bit by this because I have never had any hamstring issues. It was not an issue during my post-marathon soreness phase, either. I took four more days off. After two days of pain-free walking I went on a 3 mile run this past Tuesday. That went okay. A little dull achiness but no stabbing pain and no residual pain when walking afterwards.
Today I went for a 6 mile run. Hammie was 100%! Thank goodness. Another plus was that the 6 miles didn't feel nearly as terrible as I thought they would after such a long lay-off. They weren't effortless and I can tell I've lost endurance, but another week or so of good running and I should be back on track.
What's next? I have a rematch with the San Jose R'n'R Half Marathon in October. Last year I had registered with visions of trying to smack down a new half PR. Well, I seriously crunched my shin in August 2008 (since it was the day the Olympics started I will forever remember this day) which derailed all sorts of running plans for months. I did complete San Jose last year, but it was done purely for finishing rights and no racing. Because of this I signed up to run the 2009 edition of San Jose at the expo last year before I had even run the 2008 race.
This has surprised a few people when I've mentioned it the last week so maybe it bears mentioning here: Without a doubt, my A race for 2009 is the San Jose R'n'R Half Marathon. I want to improve my half marathon PR much more than I care about my marathon PR at this point. The entire point of the San Francisco Marathon was to build up a good endurance base to commence training for San Jose (and to train for CIM, but the jury is still out on that).
I have been pretty down the past week about my hamstring because I felt like all of my SFM work was going to waste. In reality I've only lost one week so I'm looking forward from here on out. That said, I still have no training plan. I've been meaning to create my own for weeks but never got around to penning one down. And this past week I was in no frame of mind to work on one. But tonight I am going to sit down and think this thing out.
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