January 01, 2013

Hitting the (Goal) Wall I haven't blogged much about running this year, mostly because I haven't blogged much about anything and because I was in a nice routine and routines don't really make more interesting blog posts. Except that stuff got pretty interesting and I don't mean the half marathon (which was great!) By interesting, I mean messed up, but it took me a while to get myself to the point where I would accept that I'm not going to make my running goals this year. Back in late June I started getting weird pain and numbness in my right leg. I had a really sore spot in my butt that I figured was a result of tight hamstrings or IT bands or something sport related. Ball hockey season was coming to an end and we had some pretty intense games, I got injured or something, no biggie. I would just take it easy and it would go away. Except it didn't. I couldn't sit for more than 5 minutes without pain shooting down my leg. I got another sore spot in the bottom of my foot. Google was saying sciatica AND plantar fasciitis and it was all sounding horrible. And ya, I shouldn't have googled...but I wanted to fix what was wrong with me and didn't think it warranted medical intervention beyond physiotherapy (which was helpful, but didn't make the symptoms go away). I was having a hard time at work (I sit 99% of my day) and I couldn't stand being in the car (of course this summer we drove almost every weekend, sometimes up to 8 hours on a trip). It was horrid. Did I stop running? Nope. In a lot of ways it felt better to move than not to move. It didn't hurt at all to run and the leg numbness would go away. So I kept at it. By September I realized stuff wasn't getting better. I finally went to the doctor. Turns out I have an L5, S1 herniated disc. Fuck. That's old, sedentary person stuff. Not 40-something, in the best shape of my life, happy healthy stuff. Turns out that sitting all day is one of the main culprits and that my active lifestyle and healthy weight kept things from being worse. No one is sure what caused the injury (usually there's something) though I suspect it's either ball hockey since there's lots of twisting and some body contact or it might have been my new bike. The much loved coaster brake took some getting used to and I'm pretty sure in the beginning I was coasting to an almost stop, stepping down and then using my body to come to a full stop. That's not a good thing to do, especially with a 22kg bike. I've really started thinking about how I stop and have tried to not do that anymore. Regardless of the how it happened, I now have to live with it. The treatment: core work. Pilates in particular. Also, lay off the...

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