Slippo the Hippo

I have literally been working my ass off, as if that were even remotely possible, and it’s not.  Trust me, it isn’t.  I’ve been blessed in that way.

big big booty

I get it from my mama

But seriously y’all I’m so tired and I needed a break and so did MacGyver and even though we did go to our house in Nokomis last weekend it wasn’t exactly the break we were looking for since we had to deal with the whole ‘a friggin tree fell in our backyard and left debris all over the god damn place’.  See that was NOT exactly a break.

And then, I had a slip.  A nip hip slip!

oh the pain

Actually, what had happened wuz….

I was walking the dogs yesterday after my run, and of course the bastards decided to chase a cat, but they had different ideas of how to catch it.  Boomer went left while Hank went forward and I landed on my left butt cheek.  Hard.

So, all day yesterday my left hip which had been a little tweaky now feels like someone is stabbing me every time I sit down which means my piriformis is screaming at me.  And guess how we get that better.  Go ahead, guess!

We Rest!

i need self help

Does anyone know where I can pick up a self help book?

Fortunately, MacGyver and I are headed to our little cabin.  Unfortunately, there’s no electricity, or running water, or cable TV.  I do have a sweet ass personal running trail that was specifically built for me so that I’d have something to do while we’re out there……………

Kill me now.

What are you’re weekend plans?  (I’m going to steal wifi and blog from the cabin, stay tuned.)

WTF Wednesday….

This morning I ran for the first time since my birthday. It did not go well!

Running FailI didn’t run into a wall but I did trip over the sidewalk. No new injuries to report but my dead butt is back with a vengeance, and since I have a hard time lifting up my right leg tripping over sidewalks are a hazard of the trade. Time for some icing and resting and we’ll see what happens…this story is to be continued at a later time.

Yesterday we went to Mazzaro’s for lunch. They have awesome Italian food but their desserts are what dreams are made of. In fact, we spent more on the desserts than we did on lunch for six people! Yeah, I know. Wanna know the worst part? My Brother in Law and the family all went to Legoland today and MacGyver headed out to work, so they left me here all alone….with the desserts. I ate every single bite of every single dessert by 9am and I really wish I was kidding but I am not. It’s by some stroke of luck (or a miracle) that I am not in a chocolate coma right now.

I ate all of the dessertsThis morning I made a quick trip over to the Wal-Mart for some essentials, and by quick I mean I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. Fortunately I had gotten there early so I got a choice parking spot right in the front of the store.

After shopping, I walked to my car and began putting the groceries into the back when another car approached and stopped to wait on my spot. Now, mind you, I am nothing if not quick, and I got those groceries into my car lickety-split, much to the delight of the young lady waiting on my parking spot. It was about that time that I obviously did the unthinkable and ruined this young lady’s day because I started to roll the cart back to cart coral…..

Oh, the horror! What in the bloody hell was I thinking? How could I be so inconsiderate as to make this lady wait whilst I rolled the cart over to the coral located a ridiculously lengthy 20 feet away! Apparently this action was not only inconsiderate but I committed the most heinous crime which she felt was worthy of my death because she then said, “I hope you die”. Nice lady, nice.

Oh people of Wal-Mart, you really need to be on television.

And one last thing but I want to preface this by saying that I learned how to shoot a gun at a very young age and I also learned about gun safety at a young age. MacGyver and I have our own shooting range on our property and we strongly believe in the right to own and to bear arms.

That being said, a small caliber weapon is quite sufficient to use for teaching and for protection. I don’t think it’s a good idea to give a 9 year old an Uzi and this is why.

WTF? It must be Wednesday.

Do you have a WTF moment for the day? Please share….

Have you ever suffered from a dead butt or piriformis syndrome? (If you have tell me what helped, please!)

How sitting is hurting my running and my recovery.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to do my job without sitting down? Well, it is.

In case you didn’t know it, I work at home and 100% of my work is done on the computer, which means I sit down, a lot. The problem is, sitting down is killing me. Not literally, or at least not that I know of, but it is killing my butt. Unfortunately, it’s a major problem and one of the reasons that I am not able to run right now.

runner jealousy

You might be wondering what the hell I’m talking about but I assure you, sitting down is part of my problem. I have classic piriformis syndrome. I probably started with a dead butt but it progressed because the primary reason for piriformis syndrome is weakeness in other hip abducting muscles especially the gluteus medius. So, after almost 3 weeks off, in a nutshell, when I raise my leg, squat or sit on my butt, I have pain and as I mentioned previously, I sit on my butt a lot.

Piriformis Syndrome is made worse by long periods of running or even walking but also by long periods of sitting, hence the reason I’m having a hard time doing my job and probably healing as well. Several people have asked me what I’m doing as part of my recovery and I have been hesitant to post anything because it wasn’t working as well as I thought it should have. Since, I now have a better handle on the problem and why it’s taking forever to heal, I thought this would be a good time to update because the whole approach to rehabilitating actually changed last week.

injured runners clean house

First of all, I am not doing any walking, running, or strength training at all this week and if I continue to have pain next week, I’ll avoid it even longer. I am also getting up several times during the work day to stretch and rolling the area out with a tennis ball once a day. Once all of my pain is gone, I have a training plan which will allow me to ease back into running without exacerbating the injury. But the most important part of my rehab is learning how to do my job all over again while standing up.

That may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. Sometimes I put in 14-16 hours a day and that’s pretty hard to do standing at a computer. So I’m looking into purchasing a standup desk and also working while sitting on one of those sitting balls that you use instead of an office chair. If any of you have experience with either of these items, I would love to hear from you.

sitting ball

Over the past few weeks, a few people have asked me why I don’t just stop running and I’ll be perfectly frank here and just tell you that thought actually terrifies me, because I love to run and considering this is only my second real injury in many years, I don’t think I’m doing too bad especially since I also have scoliosis.

There are many reasons that I love to run and I hope I can do it my entire life. I realize that along the way my body may have limitations. I actually like discovering what those are and finding ways to improve my body to get past those limitations and become a better runner. I also love that there are so many other runners out there who understand and support me. So, if I need to stand up more when I work, or take additional days off, I will, because in the end, I’ll be back out there pounding the pavement and loving every single minute of it.

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve had to go without running?