I am putting in exclamation point on my crazy, busy day. Here it is !!!!!!!!! And here I am. It is very difficult to get your bangs to separate into three prefect strands like this, so if you need some guidance on the three-strand-method, don’t hesitate to ask.
This glorious day involved navigating snowy highways early this morning to get to a work appointment, volunteering in Emma’s classroom and going to Sam’s basketball game across town. Right now the dog sits here incessantly licking himself and it is driving me crazy. Will the licking ever end? If I could lick myself, would I? I like to think not, but that is just me being judgmental. You never really know until you walk a mile in a dog’s paws, or something like that.
This is licking in action (LIA)
Earlier this week I wrote of a painful run on Saturday. I tried to get out again on Monday for a very short 3 miler to test where things were at. Things were in the toilet, the shitter.
That put me in a bad mood. I hate it when I can’t run. HATE IT. Yes, there are worse things, but running helps me cope with all of the worse things. It is better than therapy or wine or cake or hitting someone. Well, maybe. Sometimes it’s fun to go to therapy, then drink a lot of wine, stuff your face with cake and hit someone. You usually do feel better.
Anyway, I know I have to do something to take care of my body. I need to get the the root of what is going on, but also run interference in the meantime to become more comfortable. I have a half marathon in Vegas in a few weeks, and I’m determined to go the distance, even if it means *gasp* some walking.
Misszippy suggested reaching out to a friend and local pro-triathlete, Joanna Zeiger, who lives in Boulder. Joanna has had long history amazing feats from competing at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics and placing 4th, to winning the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida (with a time of 4:02!! I was only 1 hour, 40 minutes slower at my 70.3).
Joanna has had some injuries and knows a thing or two about training and recovery. After a short synopsis of my history, Joanna laid it on the line:
“Runners have tight hips and weak glutes. You need to build strength. Being at the gym can be boring, but it’s essential to having better form, avoiding injury and being a better runner.”
Her advice? Get a cortisone injection to help start with the healing process and to decrease discomfort (you may remember this is what my doc wanted me to do). Take some rest time from running. Devise a strength training plan and stick to it. Eventually, see a PT if time and money allow. Once stronger, work on gait/form modifications. Make an investment in your running future.
I have been a huge fan of yoga (Vinyasa, Bikram) for the past ten years and do it consistently. I always considered this my strength training. I am now am thinking I need something more structured in addition to yoga.
I have an appointment for the shot for tomorrow afternoon. My doctor has diagnosed me with high hamstring tendinopathy and quadratus femoris tendonitis, which is a fancy way of saying the area where my ass meets my hamstring hurts like hell.
This is me, only I will be wearing clothes, laying on my belly and not appearing so pale.
Do you do regular strength training as part of your workout routine? How has it benefited your running?
Be honest. Does the shot hurt?
Would you lick yourself if you could?
Off to watch the rest of The Biggest Loser (please, Bonnie, stop crying) and Survivor. I am still not yet tired of Jeff Probst’s dimples.