I started running longer and longer this autumn and felt I was getting in an increasingly better shape. November came though, and with it came the news that the pain I got during the Copenhagen Marathon was probably fluid in the thigh muscles. After that I completely stopped with long distance running.
This Sunday I went on my first really long run again, stopping at about 18k. The pace wasn't too high, but it was a day where it all went down effortlessly. The run was good, but I had to stop mainly because of pain in my thigh muscle. Now a couple of days later I am pretty sure that I didn't overstress my thigh, but I am also positive that I stopped at the correct moment.
After some months of training specifically to strengthen my legs, glutes and back I have noticed a decrease in size difference between my thighs. Almost 4 cm larger in diameter in November is now reduced to about 1-1.5 cm. I'm not done yet though. My thigh bugs me every day, and I can't wait to get rid of the problem. I'll keep a close look as I am starting to run a bit again, but will continue to do extra weight sessions in order to get rid of my troubles.
Many doctors say that rest is required when you heal, and I believe the same to a certain extent. People seem to trust this rule too much and end up not working to get rid of the problem. If there is one thing I have learned through my volleyball career it's exactly this: If you want to get rid of injuries then you better be prepared to work for it!