Hamstring Tendinopathy (Recipe: Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Chicken)

No.  I do not have this.  Thank goodness.

This is an article I found on the Active.com website.

When you think of a hamstring injury, you may picture a sprinter motoring down the homestretch of a race and suddenly lurching in pain, grabbing the back of his leg and stuttering to a halt.

Well, sprinter or Jozy Altidore of the US World Cup team.  It happened in the 21st minute of the first match against Ghana.

While hamstring strains, sprains and tears do happen, it’s less common for distance runners. The velocity that is required to cause that kind of acute injury generally occurs via quick, forceful movements.  Like on the soccer field.

HOWEVER, for everyone else pounding out longer miles on roads and trails, high hamstring tendinopathy (HHT) is a more widespread issue.

The hamstring muscles run from behind the knee, attaching at the femur and the pelvis. It is the attachment to the latter near the ischial tuberosity or “sit” bone that HHT occurs. The pain and discomfort resulting from this type of injury materializes deep within the glute muscles.

Amy Parkerson-Mitchell, a physical therapist, RRCA-certified coach says, “HHT presents as an annoying intermittent sharp pain and dull ache clear up in the buttock region right on the ischial tuberosity.  Usually the pain starts at the beginning of the run, settles down as you warm up, and then returns later in the run.  After the run, it tends to present as a dull ache that is different from normal workout soreness.”

Now, that doesn’t sound like fun.

Are you wondering how you can avoid this injury?  Well, training errors can be one cause of HHT. Introducing speed work or hill repeats is often problematic, as well as doing any high intensity workouts without warming up properly.  Another cause of this type of injury can be caused by intrinsic factors like pelvic obliquity or one side of the pelvis being ‘off,’ gluteal or butt weakness, or hamstring or core weakness.  Parkerson-Mitchell often finds the culprit is poor rotation of the hip joint during the gait cycle.

Since there are other injuries that can occur in that same area, it is important to visit your doctor or physical therapist to get a diagnosis.  But basially, if you feel pain in the glutes or hamstrings when performing any of these exercises, HHT may be present:

  • Standing, lift your leg and place your heel atop a waist-high platform with your leg straight. Stretch your body forward as if you are trying to touch your toes.
  • Lying on your back, put one leg out straight and bring the other into the air. Start with that leg bent and then slowly have someone straighten it so the bottom of your foot eventually faces the ceiling.
  • Similar to the last test, simply have someone straighten that leg in the air more quickly to see if rapid movement irritates the area.

So, the last post I talked about the time I spent in Madison.  Well, Saturday after the Run, Santa, Run, we drove to Milwaukee to spend the rest of my trip with A’s family.  We had a nice family dinner Saturday evening with A’s parents and his brother and sister-in-law and one of his closest friends.  (And Leo was there, too!)  We played the game Quiddler which was really fun.

I got to go on a nice long run on Sunday morning–8 miles!  Woohoo!  And after brunch we went to see some Christmas decorations and then went to The Domes.  The Domes is an incredible Milwaukee landmark housing plants from the deserts of Africa, Madagascar, South America and North America.  There is also a tropical dome with plants from the rainforests of five continents.  It is really quite amazing!  We had a really good time.

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Quote of the Day:

“I like good, strong words that mean something.” -Louisa May Alcott

I really like slow cooker recipes.  I don’t make them nearly enough.  This one is definitely a little different.  I liked it better than the Honey Mustard Pulled Pork, but it isn’t an absolutely must try.


Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken


3 large bone-in, skinless chicken breasts (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Sesame seeds, for garnish


– Arrange the chicken breasts in the slow cooker so that they are not overlapping.

– In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, and onion, and then pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 4 to 5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked.

– Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquids) and place it on a cutting board. Remove the bones then use two forks to shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl.

– In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry.

– Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the slurry. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Serve the chicken topped with sesame seeds.

Courtesy of Just a Taste

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One Response to Hamstring Tendinopathy (Recipe: Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Chicken)

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