One and a half year ago I ran the Copenhagen Marathon. I thought I was ready for the run, but a combination of bad preparations and really hot weather reduced my chances of succeeding drastically.
I had on purpose started out slow, but even before I got half way, my body was about to shut down. I got chills, radiating from my left leg and pulsing all through my body. The pulse came at 2-300 meters intervals, and would make my leg buckle. It was awful.
Ever since that day, I've had trouble with my left thigh. It has limited my training, especially when running the longer distances. But I have learned to live with it. Running a half marathon is usually within my limits. Although I might feels some pain in the end, it never really bothers me. It has on the other hand made me very scared of doing a marathon again, and without conquering the marathon I'll never be able to do an Ironman.
Physiotherapists and doctors have also tried figuring out what's wrong, but I have not yet gotten a diagnosis that has proven to be correct.
The solution (maybe)
For the last five years I've had compression tights in my closet. I used them when relaxing and recovering from heavy strain, but have never actually used them for running. That might have been a huge mistake!
After using my compression tights for the two last weeks I must admit that I have been absolutely pain free. I have worked out more than usual in the last two weeks, and have not had a single day of pain in my thigh.
I was so amazed by this that I wanted to test out my hypothesis. This Monday I went for a run in my new Ronhill tights (without compression), and the pain came back after only a couple of kilometers. It might be a coincidence, but I hope not.
The very next day I bought another compression tights, crossing my fingers that this is the solution to my problem! Any physiotherapists out there? Does this make sense?