Chris Solinsky’s Battle With Injury

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 21, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 21, 2012 at 9:51 AM UTC
Despite his injuries, Chris Solinsky isn't giving up. Photo:

A torn hamstring and now hip problems have kept the former American-record holder out of competition.

A few years ago, former University of Wisconsin standout Chris Solinsky was on top of the world. In May of 2010, he set a new American record in the 10,000m, going under 27 minutes for the distance. Several months later that year, he broke the 13-minute barrier in the 5000m.

But things are much different now for the 27-year-old. Last year, Solinsky began having problems with his left hamstring.

“Even just touching on the speed last year would send my hamstring into a fit,” he tells Jon Gugala. “I was running with a limp for a good week to 10 days every time we tried to do a speed session. Every time I thought I strained my hamstring last year, I actually tore it.”

Things got worse for him two weeks before the World Championships last summer when he slipped coming down the stairs.

“I felt something pop,” Solinsky recalls. “My hamstring had basically ripped off my pelvis.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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