Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Morning Run & Pesky Piriformis


This morning Jason and I got up around 5 am for a run. The plan was for him to run the first 2 miles with me then I was meeting up with "A" to run the remaining 5. It's his birthday, so this was a birthday run for him. He was planning on 7 as well, but didn't want to run with the Chatty Cathy Crew ;-)

It's funny how at 65 degrees, running, I'm hot. I was still in a tummy revealing sports bra and shorts and sweating like crazy. But, when it's 65 and I'm not running (even 75 to be honest) I'm going to have on long pants and a 3/4 sleeved top at the very least, likely a light long-sleeve. 

The humidity was still high with the tail end of a front passing through - supposed to dip into the 50's tonight. So I was sweating like it was 95 out. It was fairly windy though, and that really did help out quite a bit. Of course, it also made for a little bit of a resistance run at times.

With the sun not even starting to rise until 6:30, we've been avoiding one particular stretch because it's unlit and then others can be a little tricky. Luckily, "A" was wearing a headlamp today. This meant that we were able to take those routes today. That lamp was no-joke bright. In fact, she joked that it'd blind anyone potential attackers. And I think she might be right. 

Overall, it was a really great run. There were times when the pace was getting a little hard for me to keep steadily, but I pushed a little harder and was still able to hold a conversation - well, except for maybe the return over the Main St. Bridge. I joked that she was trying to kill me, but thanked her at the same time.

However, I do think that maybe I was pushing a little too hard in regards to my piriformis. I did have to ask her to stop very briefly so I could stretch it on a bench before finishing out the last of the run. I really don't like to stop, but sometimes you just have to, and I know she understood. 

I ended up with 8 miles and felt pretty good until I started to cool down…and sit at work. My plantar fasciitis and Achilles were doing better today (I've been consistently taping for the past week), but my piriformis pain was back in full force and angry. I stood a lot, stretched a lot, silently cursed a lot. I feel like one big ball of mess in the injury department.

I ended up having to take a prescription-strength naproxen at lunch for the pain. I did find an article that addresses the various causes of what's called "Dead Butt Syndrome." And worry that perhaps it's a lot more than just my piriformis. I'm trying really hard not to feel defeated. But I won't like, it's really frustrating to feel like you're just always on an uphill, losing battle.  

Anyway, enough whining. I did get to see sunshine today, finally. Clear skies have never looked so wonderful. Apparently today is National Cheeseburger Day and Jason requested a cheeseburger for his birthday dinner.

So, guess what we're having tonight? Yep, homemade veggie burgers with baked sweet potato fries.

Do you ever celebrate food holiday?

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Morning run
Sunshine