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today I pulled my hamstring running across a highly cambered street chasing after the metermaid. I did get out of the parking ticket but I came away with a bad pull. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> How long will I be out of the action?<br><br>
I have a 50k the end of the month and then march 7 I start formal Ironman Training. Do I have a chance at either of these or is this a months long kind of injury?
 

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I've been dealing with a proximal hamstring strain since last fall. The pain isn't sharp but it aches constantly when I run anything over 6 miles. I've been doing rehab and got a cortisone shot a couple weeks ago. I still don't feel as if I could/should be doing any speedwork or serious training for upcoming races. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Where's the pain in your hamstring? Up high near your butt or further down? The higher it is the longer the recovery as there's a lower blood supply and thus a longer recovery. HTH!
 

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I have had hamstring issues for months (at least 7-8 so far). It has gotten a lot better but I can still feel it on long runs and sometimes doing speedwork. I ran through it the whole time though...
 

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It depends on the location of the pull and how badly it's pulled. But as the others have said, some hamstring pulls can take a long time to heal. Be careful when stretching your hamstrings; you don't want to stretch a pulled muscle. Give it a few days and if it isn't better you may want to see a physical therapist. Good luck.
 

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wow 7-8 months!!<br><br>
I actually injured the same hamstring twice it's not too bad now I've just started back running again and it doesn't hurt anymore. Only the occasional twinge here and there. I still feel it when I do speed work but I'm trying to strengthen my hamstrings so hopefully by April or may when I start tri season I will be good to go. What I've been doing is running hills. I try to run Up them at a maintainable pace and the hill work seems to be helping.
 

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you may have had a small tear. I had a grade 2 tear where the entire leg was black and blue, and you could see the bulge and was able to run. However, even with PT and the fact this happened in 2005, it's still an issue. Now it's probably more due to scar tissue.<br><br>
Make sure that you do some strength training on that hamstring, to build up the muscle surrounding that area. I do curls on a ball. However, when I originally injured the sight, it was real interesting to use the machines, because I could easily life the leg and then there was a pause, and then it was easy again. The *pause* was no doubt the muscle memory going to that dead spot and then having to find the nice strong surrounding tissue to ask for help.
 

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Hamstring Tears/Strains can last anywhere from 1 to 2 years! Be VERY careful as it can also be a career ender... wouldn't want that now would ya?<br><br>
Definately see an orthopedist or Physical Therapist about it as they'll be able to prescribe proper strengthenning exercises during your rehab.
 

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I thought that I had a "pulled" hamstring, but after a couple of months I'm not sure what I'm feeling now. The muscles themselves are no longer sore; I can do hamstring curls all day long with no pain at all. Also exercising on the elliptical is 100% OK.<br><br>
But when I start running, after a mile or so I get an achey-type pain high up in my butt. Nothing sharp -- just an ache. I haven't pushed it much beyond the onset so don't know if it would get worse, but I also don't want to do any damage.<br><br>
I'll continue to test this every couple of days to see if it gets better (or worse!), but am not sure what to think about the cause.
 

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This sounds like what I'm dealing with. In my left hamstring, it's a strain in the proximal hamstring -- literally a pain in the butt. Because the area gets a lower blood flow, recovery takes longer. Or it could be what I've got kicking in my right hamstring, tendonitis. It flares from time to time and the only thing that calms it during a flare is deep tissue massage.
 

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i am not sure what you mean by "high up on the butt" but could it possibly be the piriformis muscle? Sitting on a tennis ball on the spot of pain and stretching can help it very much. I always highly reccomend a good massage therapist as well.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000401/2109_f2a.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 
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