Thursday, 23 February 2017

Building a new runner

Being stopped in your tracks by blinding pain kind of forces you to evaluate how you treat training and injuries. 5 weeks with piriformis syndrome (and still not recovered) are a real motivation to start from the ground up and pay more attention to the little details.

I think I was moving in the right direction, last year; Taking a break when I needed it, including cross training and strength work more than I had in the past but it obviously wasn't enough.

In 2017, I want to work on core strength and mobility and not ignore, or run through, smaller injuries.

My PT training is covering about as much core work as I can handle right now. However, now that I'm free to move around a bit more I can focus on mobility before I'm back on the road. 
I noticed Dr. Kelly Starrett book at my PT appointment and decided this is exactly what I need to get me started with assessing my mobility. The book runs through self assessment tests for all the major joints involved in running and provides techniques to help mobilize problem areas or to carry out maintaince on good ones.
Some I cannot do right now because of my injury. For others I need to buy some bands or different size balls but I'm getting started on what I can do. I'm also looking forward to getting back to my Body Pump classes for extra strength work when I'm confident I can do all the movements without pain.

It's funny how motivating this whole 'episode' has been. I'm never going to be a competitive runner but I want to focus on feeling better and stronger while I run. That can only make it more fun!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Piriformis Syndrome Week 5 Report

I've had much the same low level pain as last week. However, I've had more good days than bad. Maybe because Sunday night/Monday morning were so awful, I caught a break with the rest of the week.

I had a reoccurrence of nerve pain that night. Not the 'I'm aware of my leg/ankle' pain more like the I'm in so much pain you could stab me if it would stop this. It wasn't nearly as bad as when I first got piriformis syndrome but the pain and only two hours sleep that night did not make for a pleasant version of myself.
A quick trip to the PT for a back adjustment, normal PT and dry needling set me to rights. For a couple of days after I stopped being so stubborn and took ibuprofen (which I've been avoiding) for a break from the low level pain just so I don't lose my mind, ha ha! Lots of sleep this week to make up for Sunday night.

In case you can't tell my mood is pretty up and down depending on how I feel that day. On bad days I feel like I'll never be better (pain free, full mobility and running) and on good days I'm high as a kite because I realize I'm getting better even if it's not a completely linear or fast path I'm on. 

Other than that the rest of the week has been pretty good. I've not had any 'leg failures' on steps. I've sat quite a bit, for outings, and while it was uncomfortable it wasn't super painful during or after. My last heavy PT session (by myself) on Saturday night felt good. I got 3/4 of the way through my exercises before my glutes got really fatigued, so all in all, it's a slow recovery but the fact that I'm getting stronger is really encouraging.