Slowly Getting Back To Running

For those of you that have been following along, I haven’t been running as much as I usually do. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@koskim), you’ve likely noticed fewer running posts and stories.

I’ve been having issues with my piriformis. It started the week after Fourth of July with a tightness in my lower back/glutes and I thought that maybe going for a run on it would help loosen it up. Instead, that day it hurt to walk. A lot. And since then, I’ve been hobbling around and limping, not quite sure how to get better.

Thanks to the Internet, a coworker and my brother-in-law who is a doctor, I self diagnosed myself with piriformis syndrome and took it upon myself to STRETCH, REST, massage, foam roll and take some NSAIDs.  Oh, and of course – not run.

This is how I feel stretching …. I’M SO inflexible!:

It has been a long few weeks. The first week I did nothing at all. I have to admit, I was grumpy and not in the best of moods.

The next week I started slowly doing other things – walking a little more and the elliptical.

The next week – I started running again! And by running, I mean no more than one mile and stretching before and after.

And then this week, I did a few more runs and they were longer! Sunday I did 2.54 miles and Thursday I did 3.25 miles! I admit it wasn’t 100% pain free. It wasn’t fast (even though I was out of breath!). But it felt amazing to be outside again and running.

I wouldn’t say I’m back. Not yet – it will be a longer road to recovery than I thought. BUT I’m getting there.

So, here’s to hoping that I’m on the road to recovery and will be back to my running self soon.

Some questions for you:

  • Has anyone else suffered piriformis issues? Any tips?
  • When you don’t run or exercise does it affect your mental state/mood?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

 

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7 thoughts on “Slowly Getting Back To Running

  1. I had this several years ago when I was a much faster runner. Speedwork seemed to aggravate it. The Spoonk Acupressure Mat I had on my blog the other day on my hamstring post was instrumental in healing it!

  2. Glad to hear you’re getting better! I’ve never had piriformis issues but those are definitely some stretches that I need to do more often!

  3. I had piriformis issues a few years back and I remember feeling better with massages and adjustments from my chiropractor.

    I know it is painful and it sucks! I hope you get better soon.

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