Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I know that doctors just love it when we runners self-diagnosis our ailments.

At the same time, we runners would rather self-diagnose than go see a doctor.

I've been having an ache in my butt (the left side to be specific) ever since the Flying Monkey Marathon in November. It doesn't hurt... it just aches. Most of the time, I don't feel it... but every now and then when I'm running it'll turn up.

So... I've 98% sure that I've got a little piriformis syndrome happening. I really felt this was confirmed when I was sitting in a chair yesterday and noticed that the area that flares up sometimes was tingling. This is apparently one of the symptoms.

Am I worried? No. Sure, it's annoying... and I know that it needs rest as treatment. So I'm resting a bit. I'm as trained as I'm going to be to go run this Goofy thing in a few weeks, so I figure it's more sensible to log a few gentle, short runs here and there and rest a bit than to try to get all gung ho with heavy training right now.

Part of me feels like I need to run a few more miles than I'm planning between now and Goofy, but since this is acting up a bit I feel like giving myself more rest is more helpful.

Quite frankly, I don't have time to run more than this anyways with all the holidays festivities.

So that's the diagnosis and that's the plan! And maybe I'll try to do better about some at-home yoga and stretching to kind of work things out in that area. Plus, I've booked a massage for tomorrow! I feel like babying it a bit will be the best thing for now.

I really can't believe it's almost time for Goofy. I didn't really train the way I intended, but I'm feeling mostly prepared. It'll be a fun experience no matter what!


Nicole said...

Goofy got here super quick! I remember when you signed up and it seemed like forever away! Rest up you'll ROCK it!!!!

d.a.r. said...

Oh wow, I feel like you just signed up for Goofy!!

Take care of your hiney!

jayewalking.com said...

Ugh...piriformis syndrome. I had that last year. It sucks. I went to go visit a doc cause it got to the point where I couldn't walk without it hurting. He told me to use a foam roller or even better, a tennis ball on my rear end on those muscles cause it's like getting a deep tissue massage which will help loosen those muscles up. Sounds silly I know but I put that into my daily stretches after running and it's really really helped.

rinusrunning said...

I hope you soon better and time makes it better!.
Merry Christmas!

Laura said...

I've never had piriformis myself, but I always self-diagnose. And often just use that instead of going to the doctor. Oops!