... the SI joint.
So, I missed my long run this weekend. My back was tight and spasming whenever I tried to bend over and after sitting for long periods, so ten miles wasn't going to happen.
I treated myself to new shoes! Asics Gel-Kayano 19, for $50! These are a stability shoe. I'm trying something new. I noticed that my Nikes had creases on the medial midsole, and so I think they have worn out. If I am overpronating, which I think I might be based on the depth of the creases, while I may have high arches, I'm probably need the support. I don't need a squishy feeling in my shoes, so I can run on a firmer surface. It's worth a shot.
(Reasons to support your local running store: end-of-season clearance sales.)
So, eventually, there will be a new review coming your way.
I began to feel better with a bit of rest, and so Monday I went out for an easy four miles with a friend. Running along the river parkway was nice, and flat and stable. My back and left glute were tight, but didn't seem to get any worse.
Tuesday I did six miles on the treadmill. The only real problem with this is that my mental treadmill limit is about forty minutes, so it took a lot of Sportscenter on the TVs to get me through those last fifteen minutes. I start mentally subdividing the tenths of miles into seconds.
So far, the new shoes are working out well.
And then in the evening I was off to the sports doc. He treated my shoulder when I separated it a couple of years ago, and his first recommendation is almost always PT, which I appreciate. Anyhow, after some fun confusing the newbie resident -- I'm flexible so it's hard to generate symptoms -- the doc determined that my pelvis is rotated on my left side, which is stressing the piriformis muscle.
It's about what I expected, given the location of the pain and my inability to stretch it out. I'm just glad that there seems to be no disc involvement. His guess is that the instability originates from having the baby, and that running has basically stressed it enough that my back clenched up.
I told the kid it was his fault, but he just grinned and tried to feed me goldfish crackers. Toddlers.
I'm fine to keep running if I want. The plan is more 'mill tomorrow, then an easy four Friday, and then thirteen on Saturday, and then I will be the happiest newbie that ever tapered. PT starts Monday, and I'm hoping they can sort this out. Once the race is done I have to rebalance lifting and running -- because it's curious that as soon as I cut back on strength training, a nagging pain became a huge pain in the rear.