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Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:53 pm

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Trying to make a comeback over 400m Hurdles after 15 years (pb 51.95). 8 months of good winter training (but track running only), but with increasing injury issues (especially hamstring) as I move into speedwork. Entered first race on Saturday over 400m flat and hamstring went after 150m. Terribly disappointed as I was flying and feeling great!

How sobering to find this website with a full forum dedicated to masters injuries. I'm guessing I am not the only poor soul feeling sorry for myself at not being able to just set foot on the track and hit the big times after such a long competitive layoff??? Any wise words of wisdom, beside the obvious need to do some more basic conditioning, esp. gym work to strengthen the old faithfuls again



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Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:57 pm

 
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Do it like you always did, but: take more time for recovery, both rest after work-outs and even more important recovery of injuries. I have had several injuries because I thought muscles worked like long ago, but they didn't. It is a pity but it is as it is. Building up after injures takes double time...

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Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:01 pm

 
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What type of workouts were you doing/ any speed work or just tempo runs on the track/ what type of strength tarining did you do?
Just need more time for recovery and maybe three speed/ tempo workouts per week vs 4-5 as in the day.



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Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:57 am

 
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I think the main problem is that I have just been doing track training (and some hill work) - but NO strength training whatsoever (i.e. no gym work at all).

Have been improving rapidly on the track but I don't think my hamstring can cope with the sudden change of gear, when upping the pace. Certainly not overtraining - at most only 3 sessions per week. And

Hobbled to my physio today and we decided that I need to go back to basics - getting both hamstrings equally strong again, etc. I imagine over the years they have become out of kilter again - I struggled with this issue when I was younger.



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Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:31 pm

 
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Hi, how are your hams feeling? I've had a couple of bad upper ham injuries and have found that strength training plus consistent stretching helped me. Also went to a chiro for ART and that helped with rehab. Hopefully you are doing much better.



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