Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Injury Update: Running is my missionary position

Unfortunately, there still isn’t an update on my running. My hamstring doesn’t get sore when I bike, but my knee still gets angry if I go for more than an hour. I guess I’ll consider that progress? “The key to a happy and fulfilling life is to set the bar VERY low and beat all (very low) expectations”  -- Motivational tips by Adam, or possibly Homer Simpson.  Right now my fitness expectations are so low that not getting winded while getting another beer from the fridge is considered a success. #Winning

Quick update: I ran 2 miles at dusk last night (pic to the right) and it went okay… but my butt / hamstring are still sore today. Arg.

I really don’t like biking all that much. I don’t have many good reasons to not like it, I just don’t.  I feel like a lot of my complaints stem with all of the new “gear” that you need to bike.  Special shoes, helmet, water bottles, spandex, crotch padding – an equipment list that reads like a chapter in 50 Shades of Gray.  The reality is that I probably have MORE gear for running, I’ve just been used to slogging it all around for the last 10 years. Running is my missionary position. So I suppose I just need to suck it up, strap on my helmet and crotch pad, and dive in. Please sir, may I have another.

My head is HUGE!!
So, begrudgingly I HAVE been biking. I set up my bike trainer in the living room and have been binge watching Netflix.  All the while I’ve been dripping sweat onto a towel I set under the bike, on the floor tile, on the table….. I sweat more than Miley Cyrus in church.  In fact, I think I set a PR for drips coming off my nose on Monday with one coming every 2 seconds (literally). Fortunately, I have been able to keep my heart rate up to mostly what it should be at around 160 BPM which is approx my long run HR.

There are a lot of reasons to LOVE  biking. You can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, you get to feel the wind in your hair, you get to be all pompous and not waive at friendly runners, etc. But, for me I feel like biking is a lot like eating brussels sprouts. Sure, they are healthy for you, they even taste good if prepared the right way (read: bacon). But, I’ll be damned if I don’t feel like I’m eating a fart with every single bite. In fact, I think that the love child between the way Brussels sprouts taste and asparagus make my pee smell might be something so terrible it could be used to interrogate Taliban prisoners.

This issue has gone on long enough that I’m going to actually look into professional help. That is a big step for me as I am generally cheap enough that I do NOT like to spend money for someone to tell me to “just rest”. I’m going to look into Active Release / Chiropractor / Physical Therapy and see where that takes me. If nothing else, I hope that they’ll tell me what I am doing wrong and how I can mix things up a bit. Because 10 years of missionary position running is a hard habit to break.


The Real Deal said...

One bit of amateur, unsolicited advice WRT seeing someone:
I've had pretty great success with my therapist guy who's a mix of chiropractor/sports therapy/ART/acupuncture.

That's right: Acupuncture. I don't know if you've ever tried it, but I've read your blog long enough that I'm looking forward to the pictures and/or jokes about it if you try it.

I was all "nuh-uh" for a while, but once I tried it - and it had miraculous results! - I became a fan.


Stephanie Rafferty said...

I will be stealing the line, "I sweat more than Miley Cyrus in church"! so funny, and probably true.

Gracie said...

Good luck - I hope you get some good feedback.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Apart from acupuncture (I go every week - call it "maintenance, to keep my legs happy"), another alternative you could consider is rolfing other than the ones you've on your list. Hang in there.

Hollie Heimer said...

I sent you a long message but I can relate with not enjoying the bike. There isn't anything I dislike about the's just not really my thing. Too much gear.

I hope you get your problem fixed soon....I know what a literal pain in the butt it can be.

Sean - Team HRE said...

Mate I think you need to go and see a physio pretty quickly. Sounds like you may need a specific strength program to stop you breaking down. Keep those high school photos coming HA HA HA

Kathy said...

check jaymee's blog (run away fast) for a guy down there. she's in Sacto so she doesn't get to see him much but she found a GREAT guy there somewhere (in Arizona. i know. big state.)

Kathy said...

here's the guy. Dr. John Ball.

Kathy said...

oh, and GOOD LUCK! injuries SUCK!