Literally. New pain in the ass.
Why no new posts about running in so long? Can’t post about it if you’re not doing it. My two main goals in my second marathon were to go under 4 hours, and not end up back in physical therapy. One out of two aint bad.
As I progressed in my self-directed therapy to get my knee back in working shape, I was noticing increasing soreness on a daily basis in my right hip. More accurately, I was having issues with my right butt cheek. Most accurately, now I not only am a pain in the ass, I have a pain in the ass.
Spent some quality time with my favorite orthopedist today, and it appears I’ve added piriformis syndrome to my collection of running ailments. A true pain in the ass in more ways than one, and it means I get to spend more quality time with my therapist buddy Jeff trying to get humpty dumpty back together again. I had considered another Spring marathon this year, but instead I’m going to focus on properly rehabbing my assorted leg issues, cross-training and weight training my legs throughout January and February, easing back gradually into running, and hopefully be back building a mileage base again by March as the weather warms up. Not going to let it get me down. I shall return.
Thanks to my ailments I got my lazy on in a big way to close out the year. One major upside to being out of a training cycle while on holiday vacation is lots and lots of sleep. It’s a whole different world when you’re well-rested. I haven’t gotten up before 5AM in nearly 2 months, and I’m not complaining.
In a strange twist of fate I managed to win the fantasy football title in my rookie season. I don’t think the rest of the folks in the league are very amused by this, since this is their 11th year as a league. Apparently I earned some cosmic karma points by dragging my liquor-logged self out for my running workout the morning after the draft/drink/drunk day back in September. I owe a fair share of the glory to Jeri at JerBear Shares, whose undying confidence in Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers convinced me not to trade him after a rough start to the season, and he was a stud down the stretch. Another plus for the running blog world – fantasy football mojo.
I’ve been badly out of the loop in the blog world, not just in terms of posting but in terms of following. Non-cyber life got a little too hectic as the year came to a close, but I’m looking forward to catching up on my virtual friends. Planning to live vicariously through the Spring marathoners, and try to get out and spectate/volunteer at a couple of the Spring races.
Run swiftly my friends.