It has been a week of nursing my hamstring now. I only used ice to keep the initial swelling down on the first 24 hours. During that same period, I kept my leg elevated as much as possible, wrapped it with bandages, and tried to walk as little as possible. Walking did hurt, too. I couldn't remember if it was a good idea to use pain killers right away. I started with the Aleve the next day and was using them regularly through the first 5 days.
I have been able to walk without pain for 2 days and was able to go up and down stairs at work without pain for 1 day now.
I went out to the training group last night. It made me want to get back out there and run even more. It was definitely a different perspective watching people run in circles versus being one of those runners. I played assistant coach by yelling off splits to some of the runners and giving out motivation as my fellow runners passed me.
I am starting to do strength and stretching exercises now since it is 1 week since my injury and I hope to be jogging within a couple days. Fingers crossed that I will be running in another week.