Oops it’s been a while since I last blogged.
It’s because I haven’t been running and when I can’t run I get grumpy and listless and don’t feel like writing, nor much else for that matter. Anyway, if I did blog it would be pretty dull and all about my whinges, whines and injury woes so you haven’t missed much.
So I’m all cured and back running? Not quite.
I haven’t run for over 2 weeks and a painful test mile last weekend made it clear that I shouldn’t run 3 miles let alone 13.1. No Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon for me this weekend. I had hoped to be able to run it slow as a training run but there’s a big difference between being under trained and unable. This race must be jinxed for me! I entered it last year and never made it because of family commitments. Better luck next year – I really do intend to run it one day!
I’ve kept busy with cross training to keep up my efforts to lose weight as well as keeping up some level of fitness. I’ve swum, had some TRX PT sessions and made it to my first ever spin class. Now I know why I run and don’t cycle! I’m uncoördinated enough on a static bike!
I’ve treated my injury, (piriformis pain) with sports massage, ice, heat and stretching plus my PT sessions have concentrated on stretching and strengthening my hips, glutes and legs. The exercises have certainly helped. The day after a particularly tough PT session I foolishly took my wobbly legs to a spin class. Afterwards was agony! However the more all the other muscles in my bum and thighs hurt the less pain from my piriformis.
My next Half Marathon is now Bath in 2 weeks. I was beginning to panic about being ok to run this one as well, especially after a bad mile run test on Sunday. Today, however, suddenly the dagger pain in my bum has been replaced by a dull ache. I don’t know which of the various treatments has been useful or even if it is just my piriformis has finally relaxed after time but for a few easy warm up runs things felt better and I’m feeling optimistic.
Don’t worry I won’t do anything foolish, like dashing out a 10 miler or anything. I still plan to swim and spin this week and start building up the running slowly.
Hopefully for the second time I will learn my lesson and start doing all my stretches and strength exercises regularly. AND keep doing them when I get back on form and not waiting until I’m injured again.