Physical therapy for the WIN!

The comeback is mounting! I have been virtually pain free for most of the weekend. And by pain free, I mean bursitis pain free. My glutes and my hamstrings are definitely not pain free. BUT…they are sore…just like they should be. Oh, how I missed the regular ole soreness of hard worked muscles!!

My PT appointment on Friday went great. She gave me a bunch of new exercises including several variations of bridge. I also get to walk sideways on the treadmill to increase endurance in my glutes and hip flexors. It burns so good. I’m also doing some balance exercises. All of this PT is teaching me that I need to get back to PiYo and Yoga.

I’m kind of at a loss where to go with my training plan. I ran 3 miles on Saturday. It was tough. I am not completely out of shape, but I am far from where I was a month ago. I’m running the Prairie Fire 5K on Sunday, and then I’m planning on running back and forth around the finish line to find friends who are finishing the half. I’m hoping for a total of 6+ miles. I still want to run the Bill Snyder Highway Half on May 21st, but I’m not sure I’ll be ready. If I can squeeze one 10 miler in before the race, I’d feel a lot better, but I’m not sure how soon my hip will be ready for that!

In other news, I swam yesterday and it didn’t completely suck! I will get into triathlon shape yet. I just need to put my nose to the grindstone and get back on a training plan.

Happy Monday and Stay Neon!!

Three

That’s my mileage so far for April. Three stupid miles. I ran one of them last Saturday. It went ok. I set the treadmill on 5.0. Blah. Mr. Neon kept poking his head into the treadmill room (err…treadmill closet) and saying, “Be smart!” I’m not sure there is anything smart about this. I ran two miles this morning. It sucked as much as running after three weeks off should.

Is my hip better? Kind of. If I don’t do anything, it barely hurts. Like 0.5 on the 10 pain scale. But when I run, it STILL hurts when I stand up from sitting. Does it hurt less? Yes, a little. But when I want it to hurt NOT AT ALL, it’s frustrating.

I’m doing my PT exercises, so I guess that could be the source of some of my pain. I’m working muscles that aren’t used to being worked. Gluteus medius…get your stuff together. We need to be friends. Fix my hip and make it not hurt!

On the plus side, this is what the scale said this morning.

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Why can I hit original goal weight when I STOP running?! So frustrating. This definitely means I overeat when I’m training. I also think I get a little carb heavy when I train. Lesson learned? Probably not. But at least I’m starting over in a good place. New goal weight is 127lbs and I’d love to see that body fat percentage go down. I know it’s just an estimation of the scale, but it would be nice to see it in the mid 20s. I also bought two bikinis over the weekend that I will get my abs in shape for. I also have a two piece tri suit with a crop top that will require some ab definition as well.

So…I have a new girl in my life. Her name is Rose. She’s pink with teal accents, just like everything else in my life. Yes, I made my bike match my Garmin. That’s how much of a girl I am!

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Mr. Neon thought he would buoy my spirits by buying me a tri bike. You guys, I am so scared of crashing this thing. Not only do I have to learn aero position, but I am also determined this time to learn clipless pedals. I bought some Speedplays almost 18 months old with Christmas money. I thought they would be easier to clip into than my Keo Look pedals and they would be better for my constantly injured joints from running. Are they easy? Jury is still out. I’ve been practicing on the trainer now for a week. We are going to take her on her maiden voyage this weekend to a park with lots of thick grass next to the sidewalks. I’m sure Mr. Neon will take video, so be prepared.

Stay NEON, friends!

Diagnosis

Bursitis. It’s still bursitis.

Except this time, the sports med ortho was able to bring in the long needle and do a deeper, more precise cortisone shot. He also handed me a script for physical therapy.

I had my first therapy appointment yesterday. One day after my cortisone shot. Not the best idea, because my lower back was wonky and my hip and glute hurt more than the bursitis did the day before.

She gave me two exercises to do as soon as the shot pain wore off. They are very similar to the workouts I found online for hip pain in runners. Basically I have weak medius gluteus. My side butt needs some strength work. I also need to work on stretching my hamstrings.

Yoga and strength training need to be permanent residents of my training program. Or PiYo which is the love child of yoga and strength training.

Sigh…I could have prevented this.

Ugh.

I tried to think of a better title, but “ugh” is all I’ve got these days.

I made an appointment with a sports medicine ortho for the week after next. I cancelled my next chiro appointment. I still have that appointment with my regular doctor next week, but I might cancel it too. I’m sure all of these medical professions shake their head at me.

TFL

I turned to Dr. Google last night, and I still think my chiro might be correct. See that muscle called the TFL? It’s the devil. I think it’s causing most of my trouble. See how it attaches to my IT band? Also the devil. But I’m still worried there might be something more serious going on. The pain is mostly at the TFL area, but sometimes it radiates deeper. And it seems like everything I’m doing (minus 25 mile weeks) should be making the problem better, not worse.

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I haven’t run since Saturday. That’s five days. I feel like crud. I’ve got a sore throat and a runny nose. I need to run. It’s my livelihood. So this just all around stinks. On the plus side, my house is really clean.

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I was just getting into a good groove of loving running again. Of course, this has caused me to rethink EVERYTHING. I love 10Ks and sprint triathlons. Should I stick with that? Why do I keep pushing myself to run half marathons? I might be able to get fast and competitive at shorter distances. Why did I wait so long to run?! <—There’s the UGH…right there.

The Runner Who Cannot Run

Well, folks. I’m out of commission. I finally had to face facts. It’s time to take a break to heal this darn hip. I have an appointment with my regular doctor next Wednesday, but I’m thinking of skipping right to the sports medicine doc that took care of Mr. Neon’s knee last year. I’m pretty sure we aren’t going to get any serious answers without an MRI. I’ve tried everything else.

As much as this sucks, I’m trying to embrace it. Ok…whatever…I’m not embracing. I’m wallowing. I’m whining. (Poor Mr. Neon!) Not only does my hip hurt just to walk, but I’m mad at myself for letting it get this bad. I’m mad at myself for thinking that it would go away on it’s own, that I could run through it, and that I could continue to make gains without any setbacks.

And now I can’t run…shouldn’t run.

The straw that broke the camel’s back…I went out for a PR at the Easter Sun Run 10K this weekend. And I got one. I was secretly hoping for 55:00 (8:51 pace). I think I could have done it, except my hip started hurting after the first mile. I know the feeling of running at the limit of my legs and my lungs, but I had yet to experience running at the limit of an injury. I pushed through the pain and just kept my legs on treadmill mode. I managed a 57:47, which is an 11sec PR. At mile 4, I told myself if I could finish this race, I wasn’t going to run the half marathon next weekend, or maybe even the next one after that. Crazy things happen to your brain when you are in the middle of a race and in a massive ball of pain.

So what’s the plan to keep myself from going crazy:

  1. MyFitnessPal. I’m logging every calorie. I tend to lose a couple of pounds after a training cycle. My appetite should be under more control since I won’t be running, so I should be able to drop this nagging weight.
  2. PiYo. As much as I love sleeping in, I love getting up for an early morning workout even more. I’ve written out a plan for the next 8 weeks. And if I can run within these next 8 weeks, then maybe it’ll get me into a regular PiYo habit again!
  3. Try cycling and the elliptical. In the last couple of weeks, cycling has made it hurt a tiny bit. I’m not sure if that was just residual pain from running the day before. After a full week off, I’ll try low impact cardio. I need to sweat!

The next race that I cannot miss is the Bill Snyder Highway Half on May 22nd. That gives me almost two months to heal. Fingers crossed…