I went to the CMT today and got the best possible news - there's no real injury - no tear, pull or strain. In fact, she couldn't determine that anything was damaged at all. I went through a series of tests and stretches and there was no pain anywhere.
However, there was considerable tightness in one of the hamstring muscles on the right leg (as it turns out I have similar tightness in the same muscle on the left side) and she worked on loosening them up.
What appears to have happened was the exertion of that high turnover 200m triggered a muscle cramp, which then went into spasm and simply locked up. So essentially the muscle forced me to stop before an actual injury occurred. (so glad my muscles have more brains than I do!)
Being that I have similar tightness on the left side, it could just as easily have been the left leg that had the problem, so I'll need to be careful. Another tidbit - the next day (Wednesday) my left quad was really stiff, and as it turns out it too was a casualty of that sprint. There's a good sized knot in the left quad which she worked on as well, and hopefully w/ some rolling that can be improved.
The good news here is that in a couple of days, I should be able to resume running, and if all goes well I hope to be back into workouts by Wednesday of next week. Of course I'll need to be careful on anything faster that 30-second/200m pace - and under no circumstances will I be attempting the 25-26 second 200m stuff. It's really not necessary for 800m training anyway. I was hoping to crank one out to determine where I might be in regards to running the 400m in the summer which was not particularly smart w/ a race coming up. The speed training had been going so well I was thinking if I could run a 26-flat 200m now, that I might be able to get it down to 25 or so by the spring, which would translate to a 54-flat quarter, yada yada yada - dumb move.
If I can't run by Saturday I'll be heading to the gym to x-train on the bike or elliptical After that I'll play it by ear but I'm really hoping to start back up again very very soon!
Wed, 1/21: Off (scheduled)
Thurs, 1/22: Off (unscheduled) Appointment w/ CMT: hamstrings, quads.