Greeting everyone! It was a busy week, with an orthopedist appointment, and while I don’t have any definite answers yet about my injury and treatment, I do have some updates.
I got some exercise in each day, even if it wasn’t fast or far. Grumpy glute makes me compensate my form big time when running outside, so I’m not running outside much. I don’t seem to compensate quite as much on the treadmill (odd), but my gait was REALLY janky when I tried the easy 3 miles at the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run on Wednesday.
Despite the jankiness, I’m super happy I went to the pub run. It was great seeing so many friends, eating donuts, trying on the shoes, and hanging out at Montreux. The weather was beautiful and over 100 runners and walkers came to the pub run.
I also continued strength training with BodyPump. While I’m out of running shape, I’m looking… strong? The mirrors in the group fitness studio seem to echo the injury weight I’ve gained (I’m up 6 pounds), so I try to get a spot in the back. Thursday’s BodyPump class was small, so I was forced to look at myself for 60 minutes and I noticed… muscles. That’s a first.
Until I can train and race, I’ll embrace what I can do. The body does heal- even if it’s not on our terms or timeline.
|Monday||5 miles + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Tuesday||5 miles + PT|
|Wednesday||60 min. bike + 3 miles|
|Thursday||60 min. BodyPump + 30 min. bike|
|Sunday||60 min. elliptical|
My orthopedist appointment was Thursday morning at MUSC Orthopedics at 9:05. The West Ashley traffic gods were on my side, and I arrived on time. I was called back for vitals and discovered that I lost three pounds since my last appointment with my family doctor. This easiest way to lose three pounds is to schedule an appointment on a freezing cold day and wear jeans and a hoodie, then schedule your next appointment on an 80 degree day and wear shorts and a t-shirt. You’re welcome.
Then, I waited. And waited. 10:30 rolled around and I realized I wasn’t getting Chic-Fil-A breakfast after my appointment. Just when I thought I might be lucky to make it out in time for Happy Hour. Then, the Physician Assistant knocked on the door!
Both the PA and doctor took my medical history and examined my glute/hip, at separate times. The PA thinks I might have piriformis syndrome, while the MD thinks I might have high hamstring tendonopathy. Either way, the doctor gave me an order for an MRI to get a diagnosis, talked to me about what my options would be based on what the MRI says, and sent me on my way. They both spent a lot of time with me and answered my questions- and I probably broke the record for asking questions at a doctor’s office.
Overall, I’m happy with the care so far. My MRI is April 30, the soonest the off-site office could get me in, and I’ll have a follow-up with my ortho to discuss the results in May. Until then, I plan to continue what I’m doing- staying as active as I can, running some, and babying Grumpy Glute.
I’m also making an effort to fuel my body with healing foods instead of junk and trying to practice self-care. My job is extremely stressful right now, and stress isn’t helping my injury heal (nor is dealing with an injury making me a better technical writer). I can’t change that, but I can do little things like meditate, get enough sleep, spend time with friends, pet baby animals, and take comfy baths.
I’d like to hope this injury would be an “easy fix”, but I’ve been dealing with it since December using conservative options (Rest, PT, NSAIDs, Sports Massage). BUT watching the Boston Marathon coverage on Monday and reading about how some of the pros have dealt with injuries and time off gave me hope.
Hope doesn’t heal hamstring tendons, but at least it’s helping me deal with life each day.