As I was running yesterday morning my left thigh muscle felt tight. I have been training hard for the last three months preparing for 2008 Stanchart Nairobi marathon and one cause of tight muscle is the long runs I have been doing.
Treating a tight muscle
1) Suspend your next run
The first thing I did was cancel my next run planned for the next day. If you persist running you will be risking suffering a muscle pull. Prevention is better than cure.
2) Stretch, stretch and stretch
There are many examples of stretching exercise you can do, have a look at my post on my favourite leg stretch and pictures of bruce lee stretches on how to stretch your back.
3) Anti-inflammation spray.
If the tight area is reeling in pain, using an anti-inflammation spray will help soothe the pain away.