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Asked 5 years ago

What is causing my hamstring pain?

Hamstring Pain After 10 Trouble-free Years

I am a 46-year-old woman weighing approximately 140 lbs and I run 20 to 25 miles a week. I do all of my running on a treadmill, no incline, at 6.5 mph. One mile takes 8:46. I recently increased the speed from 6.3 mph to 6.5.

During one of my runs I felt an awful pain in my right outer side and back of my leg where the thigh and hip connect (I do not know if you would consider this the groin area or not), and the back of my hamstring feels tight/sore and is not as flexible as my left thigh when stretching. It felt like a misstep, a quick jarring pain when it happened and for a few steps afterward it hurt, but then stopped. I took one month off from running, thinking my injury could heal. When I recently started running again, at 5.6 mph four miles, I noticed somewhere into my second mile it has been happening again. It is not as bad, but it nevertheless occurs, and then goes away. I notice this pain happens at least 4 times during my daily run.

I never have had an injury like this in all of my 10 years of running. I know something is not right here, but I do not know what. I still run but I am very careful not to go too fast—and still it occurs. I tried just walking but it still occurs. I love running, and I would be absolutely devastated if I couldn’t run anymore. I don’t want to have a problem with this either for the rest of my life. Could you please enlighten me as to what the problem might be, and perhaps offer a solution to it?

Carol Givens
St. Clair, MI

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