RiteAid Cleveland Marathon Week 11: Uh Oh Pain In My Piriformis

Last week I said I was going to scale back a little this week and give my legs a break. By scale back I meant 35-40 miles, not 15! Last week I felt the tiniest little pull in my hamstring. It was weird but didn’t feel like a hamstring injury. By Monday I could feel that something wasn’t right but I wasn’t in pain and could still run just fine. Tuesday I went to run and instantly knew speedwork wasn’t going to happen. The rest of the day Tuesday I was in pain. Pain in my piriformis (buttcheek)

So I took off Wednesday and got a massage but was still in pain. I stretched and foam rolled, rolled on tennis balls and frozen water bottles and still wasn’t better. Friday I was going crazy and having one of those “I will do anything/make deals with the devil to be able to run again”. Some of my running friends were also having problems Kristy (buttcrease), John (piriformis) and Paul (hip) and all went to see the same “voodoo” massage therapist. I decided I had to go see her, I would try anything at that point.

So I went to the voodoo butt lady and felt so much better leaving there. Still have no idea what she did. I swear she just talked to my muscles or something. It was weird. Paul explains it a lot better in his post, The hip bones connected to the…

Sunday: 6 miles
Monday: 4 easy miles
Tuesday: Supposed to be speedwork but my butt felt funny so I just ran 5 miles
Wednesday: Rest and a massage
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest and Butt VooDoo

Total Mileage: 15 miles 😦

The most frustrating thing about this, besides the whole not being able to run thing, is the stretches that you are supposed to do to prevent it I do all the time! And the strength exercises to help it I do all the time!

Good news is the buttcheek is a lot better, still not 100% but I think it will get there soon. I even ran a half marathon PR yesterday (post coming soon) and a couple more miles to get 20 in for the day and it was the best I have ever felt after a long run.

Anyone else dealing with injuries while training? Anyone else impressed that I was able to go so long without running? (I was pretty cranky which is why I didn’t blog last week)

9 thoughts on “RiteAid Cleveland Marathon Week 11: Uh Oh Pain In My Piriformis

  1. Lol. I’m cranky when I can’t run, too! I’m so glad that it’s not too serious (I mean, you DID run a half marathon PR yesterday!). Take care of yourself, girl, you still got lots of running to do this year! 🙂

  2. I haven’t had any injury this time around. Just general aches and pains. I think the universe is giving me a break after all the ITBS I overcame last year. And I am impressed you went so long with no running! Your weekly mileage is so high! Only 15 miles probably drove you nuts!

  3. A PR while injured? What the? That’s awesome! Glad to hear you on are on the mend. I get a massage at least once a month. Usually twice a month, but I have been known to get massages 4 weeks in a row. It can get pricey but it keeps my body in check and since I started this practice I haven’t had to see a chiropractor. I started going to a chiropractor in 7th grade when I f-ed up my back during track practice. I have issues with my piriformis and massage is seriously the key for me to keep it at bay. That and lots of core work!

  4. Hi! Just saw your blog linked at girlevolving 🙂 Congrats on the new HM PR!

    I had a pain in the butt last week too. I need a butt voodoo lady!!!

  5. My arch and knee were playing pain tag, but I think our bodies have a way of knowing when we need to race. Seems everything is winding down just in time for my half. Hope you’re pain free by Cleveland!

  6. Hey gal! You have been absolutely ROCKING your training! An unexpected cut back is SO frustrating.. believe me, I’ve had like 4 this training cycle. (fml) All your races have gone awesome as well, I know for sure that 3:30 is yours!

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