It’s been almost 3 weeks and I’ve not been on here, but that thing called life got in the way. Spring break came and went, a home remodel, and family illnesses reared their heads (ear issues for both kids, fractured teeth for me, oh and a new injury for me).
Yep, a new injury. Or I suppose I should say, syndrome. My calf has been barking for 6-8 weeks and I’ve not been sure what’s going on, but in the last week or so, I’ve noticed my low back/tailbone area has really started becoming bothersome, to the point of numbness at times. I finally saw my chiropractor yesterday and he thinks it’s Piriformis syndrome acting up and causing the issues that are referring the pain to my calf and Achilles. I’m grateful to know what’s causing the problems but frustrated that I’ve been trying to run healthier this year and this happens.
I know it all comes down to my form. Ya-di-ya-di-ya, right? You’re reading this thinking, this chick is always hurt? Well, if you’ve been my friend long or been following me for a while, I hope you realize I have never claimed to be an expert and that this has been a blog (and facebook/IG following) in pursuit of my dream to achieve entry into the Boston Marathon. I didn’t say what year that would be :).
When I ran at the track last week, I could really feel my form suffering. In part due to the pain, but also just due to having some really bad habits and not being able to fix them. It stinks when you know what you’re doing wrong but you’re unable to correct it. I think outside of chiropractic visits, I need to see a physical therapist at least once.
I’ve been crosstraining in the meantime and know much of my issue lies with hip and glute weakness. One of the things I do is drop my right hip. The yoga poses Half Moon and Warrior 3 are great hip strengtheners (and tests) to check your hip strength and I typically fall all over the place. Not to mention get very sore from doing them. I’ve been incorporating these (I hold the Half Moon and Warrior 3 for 30 seconds on each leg 3 times) into my crosstraining with the following:
- Stability Ball Leg Curls 3 sets x 25 reps
- Weighted Clam Shells 3 sets x 25 reps
- Weighted Single Leg glute Bridges 3 sets x 25 reps
- Glute targeted frog lifts 3 sets x 25 reps (no weight)
- Side leg glute extensions (on hands and knees – no weights) 3 sets x 25 reps each side
And I can tell you, I am sore! Weak glutes and hips indeed!!!
Ok and I promise to be better about blogging at least once a week! Happy Tuesday!