Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Temporary (I hope) Bump in the Road

Last night I woke up several times with pain in my butt muscle. I know that I must have strained a muscle, and I remember that I first hurt it at work a month ago or something. I was lifting a box of ice cream mix and I felt an incredible pain, so much that I doubled over and almost screamed. However, I was at work, so I didn't scream and the pain subsided after a while. It only has hurt a little since then, but the other night when I was running, I felt that same pain come back. That time I almost fell down and I did scream. So for the past few days, I've been having muscle spasms in my butt, which is awful. I could be laying, sitting, standing, running... anything. It's almost random. I did some research online and decided that it is probably a muscle strain, so I went to the store and got some icyhot patches. Then I laid on the couch for a few hours with a patch on my rear. I've never used an icyhot patch before. It was a new experience. I'm going to try to be using it fairly regularly for the next few days. It feels better right now, but we'll see how it is tomorrow. Katherine also suggested that I take some ibuprofen... and by suggested, I mean that she practically forced medication down my throat. haha.

I feel better now, but I'm concerned that I have to work tomorrow... and it's probably going to be a long shift of making ice cream. I'm going to have to be lifting a lot of heavy boxes and containers, but I'll have to hope for the best.

Luckily, when I ran today, I didn't have problems with my muscle. It was reaaaaaally hot though. I also was disappointed, because my ipod was dead. I guess I left it on accidentally the last time that I used it. That means no Nike+ for me. I was tempted to go back home and charge my ipod and then try again, but I didn't, so I just ran a route that I've run several times before and that I have already memorized the length of. The heat was awful. I'm trying to get accustomed to running in the heat, because Florida weather is going to be mostly like Indiana summer except for a lot of extra time every year. I was able to finish close to five miles, which is okay mileage, but could be better. I'm going to shoot for six miles tomorrow and attempt to lengthen my runs so that I can be marathon ready soon.

There's a triathalon around here that is coming up in July. It will be before I move. I've been wanting to do this triathalon for two years or something. I'd have to do some bike training and get in the pool again, but I think I can do it. The water is basically where I used to live every summer and I've been swimming for as long as I can remember. My biking skills aren't quite to the point that I'd like them to be, but I'm still interested in the race. I'd be doing it alone, but I think that I could convince someone to come watch me race. I've thought more and more about it every day... for like a week. haha. I'm definitely leaning toward doing it. There's also a race in a few weeks that I'm interested in, but I'd have to register like... NOW... and ask off days at work. hmm...

Goal: 1000 miles/365 days
So far: 336.95 miles/200 days
To go: 663.05 miles/165 days


  1. please, DON'T continue to do the thing that hurt you in the first place over and over, and hope for the best. that's not how bodies work, but it is how chronic injuries develop.

    i'm sure if you have a decent boss at all, they'll prefer that you heal up rather than have an on-the-job injury!

  2. A triathalon would be so much fun!!

  3. you might want to get that checked out because it sounds more like a sciatic nerve problem...I've had that in the past, and it sucks! but my chiropractor fixed it in less than a week and I barely missed any running (hs xc at the time...yikes!)

  4. My mom has sciatic nerve problems....I wonder if she'd have any suggestions..