For years I have carried stress in my neck and shoulders. I do so no longer.
For two months now I have had a nagging, lingering issue with my right hamstring. For most of July it seriously cut my running miles. Ever since I have noticed that the pain comes and goes whether I log miles or not, so I have gone back to logging the miles.
Yesterday, fed up with the discomfort, I finally visited my doctor. After an exam, he asked me, “why are you so tight?” (referring to my hamstring)
While I am relieved to now that my issue is (merely) one of my stress taking up residence in a particular muscle, I have a long road ahead of me to pain-free walking and running. Dr. Speckmiear recommended 30 days of careful and patient stretching.
I have pondered this injury/discomfort quite a bit. I must admit when I learned what my problem was, I was a little disappointed. A strained muscle and stretching is not a particularly glamorous diagnosis. As a good American, part of me wanted it to be something that a a pill every 4-6 hours for 3 days would “fix.” But, no, I get a clear, simple diagnosis of something I have to work on to make better. If it were not enough that I have to work on it, I also have to be patient and remained focused for 30 days.