The Plan: 45 Minutes Strength
The Actual: Full Rest – see below 😦
I have a high tolerance for pain. Like REALLY high. Case in point, when the nurse teaching my sister’s birthing class said that any woman who goes natural AND has pitocin should have “BAD ASS” tattooed across her forehead, she simply turned to my brother-in-law, smirked, and said, “Yea, that was my sister.” When she retold this story to me, I laughed and then said, “It really wasn’t that bad other than the last 20 minutes. You can always get through 20 minutes.” If she could have, I think she would have reached through the phone and punched me.
Well my friends, kharma’s a b*tch. Labor wasn’t that bad but the spasms that are happening in my hipflexor, piriformis (one of your glute muscles), and lower back right now is some of the worst pain I have ever felt. Why you may ask? Because they are f*cking with my sciatic nerve. Yup, I’m officially an 80-year-old woman complaining about my sciatica.
So here’s what went down. Earlier this year, as I ramped up my mileage, I started having some pretty sharp pain in my left hamstring and restricted movement which I knew was messing with my form. I started seeing a great massage therapist/physical therapist and she was able to alleviate my pain and, combined with the strength training, I was feeling pretty good – but I had to go back to her every 4 weeks which to her meant something was probably out of alignment. She recommended I meet with an osteopath. Osteopaths are phsycians focused on the whole person and overall well-being with an education built on some main tenants including: structure influences function and that the body can normally heal itself if impediments are removed. Both tenants are pretty in line with my philosophy on medicine so figured I would give it a shot. The goal was to have the osteopath evaluate my body structure and, by using a combination of physical therapy type stretches and chiropratic manipulation, correct any misalignment.
Good news – during the first appointment he found that my left leg was sitting almost a full inch shorter than my right. Explained all that pain on my left size! I felt so good after that first appointment – for about 24 hours. My left side has actually felt pretty amazing, pain free with full range of motion actually, since that appointment. Bad news – it appears my right side has been compensating for that short left side and tilted pelvis for so long, that now it’s corrected it’s FREAKING OUT!
After a frantic text to my massage therapist, I was able to get in with her today which helped lessen the pain…for about 45 minutes. My osteopath wasn’t in the office today so to urgent care I went. I have a wedding to be at tomorrow and a dance floor is calling my name – there was no waiting to figure this sh*t out.
As I finish this post, lying with a heating pad on my back and the muscle relaxers they percribed me fairly quickly getting to work, I solemly swear to take three (I was going to say five but the doc said only three!) days off from all running and other strenuous activity, wedding dancing doesn’t count!
This too shall pass and, as I told Susan this afternoon, she has gotten me so strong that even the prospect of taking a whole week off doesn’t scare me that much. I know I’ll be back at it hard – and with both legs the same length.