Today was supposed to be a 10.0 mile run and with everything going on with my hip and hamstring (although I am pretty sure it is not my hamstrings – Dr. Google has figured it out – I think). I am pretty sure that what I am battling is Piriformis Syndrome.
I know I am not a Doctor and can’t make medical diagnosis, but it is my body and all the symptoms really point in that direction. I had a feeling it was something more than just a pulled hamstring.
Oh well, the stretches that I found online really seemed to help and I ran fairly well today, with a lot less discomfort than I have been having. So everything kind of fits together.
Piriformis muscle group image from
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
by G.J. Tortora and N.P. Anagnostakos.
Since I felt better and wasn’t running as far today, I decided to try for a little up tempo run, not quite at race pace (sub 8:00), but not dawdling either. Here are my splits:
- Mile 1.0 – 8:13 – Felt pretty good and didn’t really push it
- Wildwood Road – 16:17 (8:04) – Usually don’t do well on this segment, felt good.
- Trailer by Corn field – 24:33 (8:15)
- Goodhue Road – 27:05 (2:32)
- Notta Road – 33:49 (6:43)
- 1.0 Mile Left – 45:34 (11:44)
- House Mail Box – 54:19 (8:45)
- Half Mile – Howard Loop – 58:11 (3.51)
- Overall pace of 8:12
Overall, I was very happy with the run and surprised myself at how good it felt. However, I did really work on keeping my form nice and tight and kept using the Newton mantra of “Land – Lever – Lift”.
Now that I think that I have figured out what is wrong with my butt cheeks and doing the stretches. I really hope that I will start to run more comfortably. Truth be told I should probably be off for a couple of weeks to really let things heal, but that will have to wait until November, but I am gong to start going to see my massage therapist again.