It’s Monday and the start of a fresh new week.
On the injury front, I had a pelvic MRI on Monday. The MRI will rule out a tear or damage to my adductor or proximal hamstring tendon. I’ve always speculated that I’d KNOW if I tore a tendon, but my tolerance for pain and discomfort is pretty high, and endorphins mess with my brain during runs. Better to know than not know, I guess- granted I won’t “know” until my follow-up in mid-May.
Aside from the MRI, I saw a sports chiropractor who did a complete evaluation and had some interesting thoughts about my injury. Unlike every PT and doctor I’ve seen who thought my hamstring was injured, he believes my hamstring/glute pain is caused from compensation due to a limited range of motion in my right big toe. This is a condition called Hallux Limitus.
The next time you run (or walk), think about the work your big toe does. Think about how odd it would be to run with your second and third toes taking the brunt of that impact because your big toe isn’t doing it’s job. Think about how the rest of your kinetic chain would compensate for a wonky big toe, especially when training for a race.
The Cliff’s Notes version: Perhaps my hip/glute “injury” isn’t the injury. Perhaps it’s a symptom.
|Monday:||6 miles + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Wednesday||60 min. elliptical + 2 miles|
|Thursday||30 min stair climber + 30 min. CXWORX|
|Friday||60 min. arc trainer|
|Saturday||30 min. BodyPump + 30 min. elliptical + 30 min. yoga|
|Sunday||60 min. elliptical|
The big news is that I decided to stop running for the next few weeks while I work on strengthening my toes, feet, and ankles. We’re hoping that the rehab exercises, the increased range of motion, and retraining my body to push off on my big toes will basically “hit reset” on my running. I can also cross train to keep up my aerobic/cardio base.
I’m not crushed about the time off. After a failed two miles at Wednesday’s Fleet Feet Summerville pub run, I have nothing left to lose on the running front anyway.
On a positive note, the pub run had a great turnout. Fleet Feet always does a nice job, and it was fun to catch up with friends. Brooks Running and Garmin came out with products for us to try, and we had post-race brews and prize giveaways at Homegrown Brewhouse in Downtown Summerville.
Besides the pub run, I went to the Les Mills launch party at my gym, Zoo Health Club of Charleston, on Saturday. We did BodyPump 105 and I attended a 30 min. beginner’s yoga class.
In the last two weeks, I haven’t had glute pain when I forward fold, so I decided to test the waters with yoga- and a beginner’s class seemed safe enough. When I was legitimately training for races (last year!), yoga was a big part of my cross training, and I went weekly. It’s nice to have that activity back, not only because of the summer heat kicking in but also because yoga is a great way to unwind mentally.
On Saturday afternoon, I went to the Charleston Dragonboat Festival in Brittlebank Park. It was warm outside but a nice day to be on the water, hanging out with friends, drinking margaritas, and raising money and awareness for cancer charities. I hung out with some close friends, reconnected with some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile, and made some new friends. It was a wonderful way to spend Cinco De Mayo.
I hope everyone had a safe weekend and has a great week!