Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Butt Hurt

I've been butt hurt more times than I would admit: A few years back when they stopped selling French Toast Crunch cereal, when my son tells me that he loves Paw Patrol more than he does me Transformers, and even when the Starbucks guy thought that only TWO pumps of creme brulee syrup was going to be enough (seriously, what was that guy on???? Everyone knows that four is the appropriate amount!!!  Ugh).  But I'll admit that I had rarely been butt hurt by running. That is, until a few weeks back.  Like I bitched about said before, I am dealing with a bit of pain in my upper hamstring and glute muscles - a literal pain in the ass.  Well, I finally went to the guy with all of the letters behind his name and the results were mostly encouraging with a bit of an ominous caveat.

Ironman sign in the waiting room


After plenty of questions, poking, and heavy petting deep massage he said that I likely had injured something before and had built up a bunch of scar tissue and adhesions among all of the soft bits in the back of my leg and butt (hamstring and glute). It finally gave way and I aggravated it a month or so ago. He said that I'd need to see him 2x a week for a few weeks and after that we can go back to running. HOORAY! Or, rather a test run.......

The reason he said that it would only be a test run is because all of the symptoms I was speaking to also pointed to a hip stress fracture or a femoral neck stress fracture.  Bummer.  Fortunately, he said that with the rest I've already taken and the rest that he is going to make me take, if there was any of that it would be mostly healed by the time I'm running again. As a buddy of mine said today, if that IS the case, it would be my 4th stress fracture.  I have the bones of a brittle old woman.

So, still no running at least through the end of the month. Ugh.  I think the thing that I worry most about isn't not getting to run, it is NOT missing running at all in the first place. During my last two longer injury breaks, after some period of time I got into a routine - one that didn't include the sport I love, foxy boxing. The worst part?  It didn't bother me all that much. It seems that while a habit takes 21 days to form, it takes about 2 months for me to unlearn my running habit. After that time I barely know it exists.

I love running, so I'd rather not lose it KThxBye

Fortunately, the doc said that I could still bike and do essentially anything else I wanted to that was moderately low impact. I'm assuming he meant swimming but LOLZ I don't swim. I'm biking more now than I ever have (110 miles last week, but FAR fewer this week) so hopefully that will keep me firmly addicted to the endurance lifestyle my appetite (and waistline) has come to enjoy.  If not, I suppose there is always Foxy Boxing!

10 comments:

Sean - Team HRE said...

Great news about the injury. Super hard to be motivated when its easier not to train like a maniac on speed.

Laura said...

High heart rate but low impact activities? How about... snowshoeing :)

Also, you can have my extra creme brulee syrup, because I actually request only 2 pumps of syrup in mine.

fueledbylolz.com said...

Did someone say LOLZ?

I'm glad you have some sort of answer. I'm interested he said possible stress fractures. I feel like in the hip, you wouldn't be able to move well even when I saw you!

What do I know though...

Gracie said...

Huh? Only a few weeks rest before and after dx for a femoral neck stress fracture?!

The Boring Runner said...

Gracie, it actually happened the last week of Jan, so it would be 8 weeks by the time I get done with PT. He said that there was just a "risk" that it is a sFx and I declined the xray / MRI to find out 100%. He said that I def had soft tissue stuff going on so I figured I would treat that and go from there. If it is still sore after a test run after 8 weeks, then I'll make the decision to get the full diagnosis (read: spend lots of money shooting subatomic particles through my body)

Anita said...

WOW, I didn't know they quit making Cinn. Toast crunch! Heal up!

Holly said...

Can you run in a pool? My sister often does this when she's injured.

Elaine said...

Sorry about your boo-boo!

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Al's CL Reviews said...

I feel your pain. Finally coming off Month 5 of a fractured pelvis. Do everything Dr. ABC says to do, and you'll be back in 8 more weeks.