To recap, a) I tweaked my left hamstring last week; and b) I crashed and burned on an 18 mile long run Sunday when the hamstring started to hurt around mile 11. I had to walk most of the 7 miles left on the run. Good times.
I've been keeping my leg wrapped and it felt about 95% better yesterday so I decided to not skip a training run. I am merely weeks away from my marathon after all, and time isn't going to wait for me to get to 100%. Anyway, I did the workout indoors just in case, 10 X 400M intervals at 7:08/mile pace, with a roughly 1 mile warm-up, 1 mile cool-down and 400M rest intervals, which I jogged.
It was a little intense considering I have a slight injury, but I felt fine during the entire 7 total miles of the workout. 20-30 minutes later was a different story though. I guess when I was cooled down the hamstring decided to feel aggravated. I have it wrapped up again and will take today off, which would have been a stationary bike cross-training workout.
So where does this leave me for my marathon? I've decided I'm going to deal with whatever's going on until after Las Vegas as long as it doesn't get worse. However, if my hammy stays tweaked I'm not going to try to suffer through 26.2. I will just run the half marathon. The good thing is that you can run the half with a full bib, so if worse comes to worse I can change plans on the fly out on the course. Granted, if I start the race with the intent to run the marathon and only make it to the half then my half marathon time will likely be my worst half time ever. Luckily, Las Vegas is just for fun so it won't really matter. And I'll have my leg as an excuse for a lousy race time!
This injury stuff is kind of new to me, but I'm thankful it is what it is and not an injury to something, more, uh, structural, like a knee or an ankle. Everyone comes back from a tweaked hamstring and I have no doubt I will too.
Just maybe not in time to salvage a marathon.