I have not been running the last few weeks. I ran the Joshua Tree Half on November 3, and it went well. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after the race, I was somewhat sore so I took a few days off. Wednesday morning I woke up with pain in my left hip and outside thigh area. I have had pain in this area before – Piriformis or Scaiatica is causing pain through the buttocks down into the outer leg. The pain was prevelent when sitting. The longer I sat the more it hurt to get up…
I decided to give it a few more days with no running… it got worse. The next Monday and Wednesday I tried some chiropractic help which seemed to help, but as the next week went along it got worse.
That brought us to this week. Monday I tried acupuncture… first time ever. From what I read online studied show that it can be effective for degenerative joint issues so I have hope it may help. I had the one appointment which seemed to help a bit, but Dr Kim said more visits were needed and she was closed the rest of the week… I go back on Tuesday.
Tuesday night the HDR workout was in the dark… no lights at the Joe Walker track so we decided to run a few laps around the park. I thought since it did not seem to hurt to walk or during little bits of trial runs, I would give it a try. As the run went along things felt better…. but sitting to drive home… that was still painful.
So, that brings us to today, Thanksgiving day. I had already registered for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot 5k so I figured I could at least go out and jog it…. So I got there, got checked in, did NOT do my usual warm up run, loosened up a little with the group warm up, and took off at the gun. I took off conservatively. I noticed Jim Haskett run by. It took a quarter mile or so to go by Lisa Costello. The first half mile was around 3:45 – so a 7:30 pace, a little faster than I was expecting but things felt good.
I passed Jim about 3/4 mile in and just held the same pace the rest of the way. My mile splits were 7:34, 7:32 and 7:31…. not as quick as the race back in September, but given my condition and lack of training.. I’m happy with it.
Turns out I won my age group! Woo Hoo! That’s 10 big points for our HDR Gran Prix Points Contest!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!