For awhile, I have been experiencing a nagging tightness where the butt meets the leg. Admittedly, this is the result of me pushing too hard this summer. The whole reason I only do 5Ks in the summer is so that I dont push too hard - yet, I was out there running 50+ miles per week.
A few years ago, I would have kept running as is. Afterall, its a nagging tightness - not an injury! And, of course, it would have became an injury.
But now that I am approaching 30, I am older and wiser...so, I backed off. This is one reason why I do triathlons: I have the tendency to over do things. And, cross training is great for running. The stronger I get on the bike, the faster I run and visa versa. (Swimming is another story but we can talk about that another day).
Luckily for me, since this is not an injury, I dont need to stop running - I just need to stop running like a crazy person and train like a smart person.
This means subtracting a few miles from each run to take the adequate time to stretch. Luckily for me, my running partners are also excellent stretching partners! And they are freakishly flexible.
On a side note, I have decided to Nathan's olympic triathlon in Sept and possibly another one in October. I think this will bode perfectly with half marathon training because it will keep me cross training - instead of over training.
(Plus triathlons are just plain fun!)