Last week I said I was going to scale back a little this week and give my legs a break. By scale back I meant 35-40 miles, not 15! Last week I felt the tiniest little pull in my hamstring. It was weird but didn’t feel like a hamstring injury. By Monday I could feel that something wasn’t right but I wasn’t in pain and could still run just fine. Tuesday I went to run and instantly knew speedwork wasn’t going to happen. The rest of the day Tuesday I was in pain. Pain in my piriformis (buttcheek)
So I took off Wednesday and got a massage but was still in pain. I stretched and foam rolled, rolled on tennis balls and frozen water bottles and still wasn’t better. Friday I was going crazy and having one of those “I will do anything/make deals with the devil to be able to run again”. Some of my running friends were also having problems Kristy (buttcrease), John (piriformis) and Paul (hip) and all went to see the same “voodoo” massage therapist. I decided I had to go see her, I would try anything at that point.
So I went to the voodoo butt lady and felt so much better leaving there. Still have no idea what she did. I swear she just talked to my muscles or something. It was weird. Paul explains it a lot better in his post, The hip bones connected to the…
Sunday: 6 miles
Monday: 4 easy miles
Tuesday: Supposed to be speedwork but my butt felt funny so I just ran 5 miles
Wednesday: Rest and a massage
Saturday: Rest and Butt VooDoo
Total Mileage: 15 miles
The most frustrating thing about this, besides the whole not being able to run thing, is the stretches that you are supposed to do to prevent it I do all the time! And the strength exercises to help it I do all the time!
Good news is the buttcheek is a lot better, still not 100% but I think it will get there soon. I even ran a half marathon PR yesterday (post coming soon) and a couple more miles to get 20 in for the day and it was the best I have ever felt after a long run.
Anyone else dealing with injuries while training? Anyone else impressed that I was able to go so long without running? (I was pretty cranky which is why I didn’t blog last week)