I am in the process of training for my first marathon and have had one leg problem after another,but I refuse to give up. I was fitted for orthotics because of lower leg problems and that seems to have cleared up. Lately though my right quad feels like it is just freezing up. I warm up for at least five to ten minutes and always stretch after a long run (6 miles), plus I have been icing my lower legs and also using a vibrator on my calves and quads. I start out running slowly and build up speed and when I feel my quad tighthening, I stop and stretch,but to no avail . Can you offer any advice or should I just keep plugging away ?
PG - this story is a good argument for cross training. While I do not have enough information to know why your quad is tightening up, it fits the picture of a muscle that is over used in one plane. Take up another sport one day a week. Something like roller blading, slide boarding, or free weight training. Naturally, you should keep up with your stretching, and as a matter of precaution, make sure you are properly hydrated. One final thought, make sure you are getting enough essential phytonutrients and minerals. I strongly suggest that people supplement with a whole food supplement (as opposed to vitamin products). There is overwhelming evidence in the medical literature regarding the use of powdered fruit and vegetable extracts over isolated vitamin products.