Happy National Running Day! Do you have plans to get out and run? My family will be running at a “Seven on Seven” 7K. 7K? Instant PR! Interesting trivia fact – on National Running day in 2013 my family went for a run, and I got a boot from my Dr and spent the summer mending a stress fracture! It was a sweaty summer in that boot, but we got the BEST parking spots at Disney World!!
Speaking of the “best”, when I was looking for my boot picture I ran across this classic pic from 2014. It’s a ride photo from Cedar Point. hilarious!! but I digress…
Moving right along to Dr. news!…. In the past few weeks I’ve had a couple of interesting visits to professionals about my ongoing hamstring/glute pain. I do refer to this issue as a “chronic functional injury” because it’s been a concern of mine for several years now, and I am still able to run with it. It just bothers me, causes me varying amounts of pain, and just isn’t right! It does limit my performance as it makes my running quite uncomfortable at times. It gets better and also much worse as I go through my training cycles. I’m pretty sure there was a time when I ran without pain, but honestly I can’t even remember when that was!!
After a bit of mess with strengthening attempts at PT earlier this year, I decided to go back to my sports Dr and see what he thinks. After checking me out, and telling me that I have the world’s tightest hamstrings (he always says that!), he did an ultrasound on that area. [The oddest part of that for me what that my Dr saw my underwear!! I say that because my OB/Gyn is the one that usually gets that honor, but not my sports Dr. Awkward!!!]
The ultrasound pretty much looked like a piece of steak to me, but the Dr was able to see some tendinopothy and bursitis. It wasn’t so much that he was super concerned, which was good, but enough that he saw that it would be causing me some pain. He discussed two suggestions on what to do next – one of which was super blood spinning technology (I”m not really sure what that was, but I heard “super expensive!”), and the other was PT and some super neurogel that would compounded for me. Of course it’s not covered by my insurance. I haven’t picked up the gel yet because it’s really expensive and I am wondering if it will really work. I still need to research that more. I did find the bursitis part very interesting because when I Googled that, it mentioned how bike riding is sore. SERIOUSLY, my butt hurts every time I ride my bike – for 5 miles or 19! Hmmmmmmmm
As for the PT route – by a bit of a twist of fate I got in touch with the same team I worked with last year. I enjoyed meeting with Alisha. I worked with her last year for the same issue and then ended up going to her associate, a sports massage therapist that helped me get far enough along to run the Erie Marathon. After that, my issue went way down because marathon training was over and I just let everything settle. However, the issue flared up again this year as my training increased.
Hopefully we’ll get a plan to start working on strengthening – with a slow progression, not full tilt!
In the meantime, I’ve been doing when “feels right” when it comes to my training for Mohican. I did a long run this past weekend, but didn’t get to run on the trails. It was on my plan for Sunday, but we had been at Cedar Point all day and I had zero interest in going for a run after that active day! In fact, I pretty much have zero interest in going out for any long runs this weekend too! I did put 18 miles on my plan, but I’m not sure that will get done. I’m really not motivated at all to do it.
My 5K training group started up this week so some speedwork is getting back on my calendar. Since this is the first summer in 4 years that I haven’t been training for a full marathon, hopefully I’ll have time to focus and repair some of my issues! Hopefully the speedwork won’t kill me – this will be one of those fun posts that I look back at two months from now and curse myself for not being smarter. haha!
Actually, being smarter is exactly what I’m doing this year as everyone is jumping on the marathon boat to try for a BQ (as always) but I’m just saying No. I know my body is in no shape to do that right now so why bother? There are many other fun things to do this summer, so I won’t be missing out!
Hope you can get out and enjoy a run. It’s only 54 degrees outside right now, which is incredibly chilly for this time of year. Sounds like a great running day to me!!
Q: Did you get to run today?
Q: Have you ever had to wear a boot for a stress fracture or other injury?
Q: Have you had cooler weather this week?