A Pain in the Butt

pain in the butt

This week I’ve seen much better improvements with my butt, hips, hamstring and everything else but instead of listing every muscle group I’ll just refer to my leg.  Instead of being stubborn I went to get some to look at it.  It turns, it was nothing that I had originally thought.  While I’m not better, I do have a formal answer.  I used fancy paint and filled in (yellow and blue) the parts of this diagram that are the problems.  (I drew in the blue for the piriformis muscle since it was wasn’t there).

hollie injured chart

In Cliff notes: My piraformis had a few adhesions which caused my adductor muscles to become strained.  Along with that my psoas muscle was extremely tight.  The chiropractor said she hadn’t seen one that tight ever.  (I guess that explains why I couldn’t walk).  Both the psoas and the piriformis being so tight  caused my hips to be knocked out of alignment.

The Longer Version: 

The most important is that I have an answer to why I’m in pain.  I’m glad I got it looked at because I would have continued to think it was my hamstring. Most runners who strain their adductor muscle do so by going to the track and starting speed work. I didn’t do either of these things.

I do have a sneaking suspicion that I might have strained it about 4 weeks ago when I did the Feel the Love 5k.  I distinctly remember that race having a lot of turns (like a track). Since I began tapering the day after, I didn’t feel the effect as if I was running high mileage.  It had began to heal but when I ran the marathon, it obviously restrained and made it much worse (enough that it was hurt when I finished).  There is nothing I can do about it now but hopefully promote healing.

The next issue is my psoas muscle. The psoas muscle is tight and knotted.  This is where the root of my problems stem with my hip.  Someone told me that you don’t know you have a psoas muscle until it begins to hurt.  I think this is 100% true and it took me from running normally to wishing I could lay down. The muscle is so deep the only way to address the tightness is through ART, trigger point or dry needling. It appears as if this has been tight for a while now.  That could be from improper stretching of the hip flexors and psoas. During the marathon I pushed through a threshold and the muscle became too tight to stabilize my pelvis which is why my hips became tight.

But wait…there’s more!

Since my psoas muscle was so tight, it pulled my hip forward. My pelvis, sacrum and hips are noticeably crooked (to the chiro…I look fine In my opinion). That’s a matter of the chiro realigning them and loosening up my psoas. If my psoas is still tight, my hips will just return to be crooked.  That was the easiest part and I feel a lot better (not 100% but noticeably better).

Finally (the injury gift that keeps giving):
My piriformis (butt muscle) has multiple adhesions which is causing everything to also tighten up.

Long story short, half of my butt, hip and upper leg muscles are tight causing my pelvis to tilt forward. It doesn’t sound like it was caused by the marathon but has been building for a long time. The marathon caused it all to manifest into an injury.

The problem with most of these issues is that they will not get better with just resting. There are a lot of tight muscles, knots and adhesions that have to be taken care of. Rest (as my chiro put it) will just allow my muscles to fester but not solve the problem. They won’t feel better until the problems are solved.

Since we talked on Tuesday I have gotten a few more things done as far as recovery goes:

  • Deep Tissue Massage (this is number 2)
  • Stretching my adductor muscles 2-3 times a day as well as foam rolling that targeted area.

How did this happen?

Honestly I don’t exactly know.   I didn’t up my mileage quickly and I stretched, foam rolled and rested when appropriate.  I think it was a combination of running the Feel the Love 5k during a high mileage week as well as running a lot of the same routes which caused me to favor my hip.  I didn’t realize it was bad (because I wasn’t in pain) until I reached a threshold of no return.

Running Plans:

I gave myself two weeks before attempting a run.  I’ve run twice now and both runs have felt decent.  I am still sore but I also haven’t run in two weeks.  I know the deep tissue massage and chiro appointments have been working because I’m beginning to feel half way decent again.  I still have quite a few knots to get worked out but I am beginning to loosen up.

All of this rambling makes my issues sound a lot more severe than they are.  I can walk normally and it’s not hindering my day to day life.  I slowly run but the thought of running fast right now does not sound pleasant.

Questions for you:

Have you ever dealt with any of these issues?

How was your weekend? 

Friday Five: Unlucky Pi

This week has two functional events:

Friday the 13th and tomorrow is Pi Day

Today is Friday the 13th!  Again!  I graduated high school on Friday the 13th and I was about 10 minutes from being born on Friday the 13th…dad always tells me that my punishment for getting out too quick (and being born Thursday the 12th) is that I’m still unlucky.

friday the 13th meme 1

Here are Five Relevant and Interesting Articles for Friday the 13th:

  1. 13 Facts about Friday the 13th (November is the next month we have one!)
  2. Why is Friday the 13th so unlucky? 
  3. Two Straight Months with Friday the 13th 
    • Random but what did you do on February 13th?  I remember that I was nearly late to work because my car slid on ice.  I guess that isn’t something to be remembered….no harm done.
  4. 13 (More) Facts About Friday the 13th (It’s unclear why it’s feared…yet it is.  I needed an article to tell me that one).
  5. Here is a photo from my high school graduation on Friday June 13th.

    I'm the one who looks like I'm 10 feet tall...in reality I'm 5'8

    I’m the one in the back row who looks like I’m 10 feet tall…in reality I’m 5’8

Anyways, moving on.  Friday the 13th is unlucky (so stay safe)… 

But…Tomorrow is one of my favorite March Holidays…

Pi day!

Also because it’s 2015…at 9:26 am…it’s some magical time since all the numbers line up.  Many, many moons ago I was a math major in college…so math has a special day in my heart.  I took a lot of math courses in college (I was a math major for a while and decided to go into public health.  Long story short, math and pi day always has a special day in my heart!)

The funny this is, however, I don’t like pie.  (Hashtag #Cake4Life).   I do like Pi though! 

Here are Five Relevant Articles to Pie Day:

Here are some interesting Pi day facts to get your knowledge on:

pi day 2

  1. The Pi website 
  2. Facts and LOLZ: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin pi!”
  3. Everything and Anything Pi 
  4. Wiki How: To Celebrate Pi Day (this is hilarious)
  5. And because we know I love my memes: pi day meme 2


Since my blog generally has nothing to do with pie (but something to do with being unlucky) here are some updates from my personal life.

  1. Wedding planning has got me swamped. We have less than a month to go and it terrifies, overwhelms me and excites me.
  2. My butt is a pain in the butt. I have a post coming out on Sunday about my leg, hip and butt.  We have isolated the problem (somewhat) but there is a lot going on in my left leg.
  3. Make you work, make you work. I am working a lot.  I am busy, with my job…blogging is not my job.  I love you guys but I also love my job.  It’s like a 10 hour black hole of minimum internets.
  4. My facebook page only needs 17 more likes to get to 800. I’m not sure what 800 does for me, but please help me out!
  5. I’ve begun to Spring clean a bit when I have the time.  I have a lot of unused running gear, cool things and whatever else.  Some stuff I bought before trying it on and it doesn’t fit, etc.  I’ve debated doing a massive give away on the blog to people that will use it…or I’ll donate it to Goodwill.

Questions for you:

How will you celebrate Pi day?

What are your plans this weekend? 


One Month Away

Exactly one month from now Tim and I tie the knot.

We get married.

It’s hard to believe that this photo surfaced my social media account almost a year ago.

coffee wedding
Since last April, Tim and I have been through a lot.

But then again what couple hasn’t through their engagement?  I think it’s unfair to say we have been through any more or any less.

engagement photo 6

We have been through two deployments and multiple long term trips but we are still planning this wedding (stress free).

Looking at Venues

Looking at Venues

We have been through a serious running injury, terrible winter weather and of course a marathon. We have both had lives outside of wedding planning.  We don’t feel as if our life revolved around wedding planning.

I think having a year of planning was they key for us to stay stress free.

Next weekend we head to Virginia to get some last minute wedding details done. After that trip, it’s a down hill slide of minor details to finish.

Here are some things that could have been terribly stressful if we had let them:

  • The venue we wanted was booked every Saturday of 2015 (except one Saturday in February). I’m glad we didn’t choose February because we all know how that month turned out.
  • My bridesmaid dresses being sold out when we went to order them.
  • T was deployed or traveling 8 months out of 12.  I am lucky I had friends to

All of these thoughts just make me realize how excited I am to get married.  I truly cannot wait for our wedding next month.

Questions for you:

What is your best advice for the next month? 

Should I change from a wedding dress to runderwear for the reception? 

A Year of Diners

March 8th marks an important date for me and LOLZ blog.

It’s the one year anniversary that I have been reviewing New Jersey diners.

Thoughout my year of reviewing diners, I have been to some gems, some terrible diners and some in between. To celebrate, I thought I would do a brief recap and stats (with the best and worst).

In my personal experience, I can group diners in NJ into two main categories.

1. The Greasy spoon diner-This is a diner you picture.  It only serves fried and greasy food.  It could have grease still on the table and the regulars come in every morning.

2. The high class diner-This type of diner normally has a full bar, as well as an in house bakery.  In my opinion, they are better.  It’s more of a restaurant with the name diner thrown at the end.  We have spent 20-30 dollars per meal at a diner like this before.

There are a few diners in between greasy and fancy but not too many. 

Total diners: 52 (out if 199)…right on track

Favorite diners:
North Jersey: The Brownstone diner and Pancake Factory

The pancakes.  That is all. 

Brownstone Diner Coffee
Central Jersey: Mastoris

The cheesy bread and desserts make it the best.  I love how inexpensive and big the portion sizes are!

South Jersey: Vincentown

One of the most expensive diners but the food is well worth the price! 

Least favorite diner: Ponzio’s

The canned pear and frozen salmon was something I could have made at home!  

Best cake: Mastoris Red Velvet

Best coffee: (with whipped cream): Vincentown or Mastoris (both have homemade whipped cream which bring them to number 1)
Friendliest staff: Tops Diner
Greasiest spoon: Route 38 diner
Best atmosphere: Ewing Diner

Biggest Portion Sizes: Mastoris

A giant plate of duck

A giant plate of duck

Smallest Portion Sizes: Americana Diner

Most expensive: Americana Diner

Biggest Disappointment: Route 38 Diner (I was hungry right after leaving)

Biggest Surprise  (Most underrated): Whitman Diner.  This is one of my favorite diners in South Jersey.  I loved the tuna and avocado salad!

Whitman Diner Salad

Diners I want to try soon:
North Jersey:
Red Oak Diner
West field

Central Jersey:
Wisdom diner

South Jersey:
Palace Diner

I cannot wait to explore another years worth of diners and continue my journey.

Question for you: What is the best restaurant food you have ever had? 

February Training (208 miles)

February was a unique month for me.

As I said in January, my plan was to get in mileage for two weeks and then taper the second two weeks for the Phoenix marathon.   I did about that.  I did what I wanted mileage wise and felt decent during the entire thing.

Mileage: 208

Range of paces: 6:40-11 mins-untimed

Favorite training run: My 21 mile long run with an average of 7:41 pace.  It made me feel very strong and ready for the race.


Feel the Love 5k (20:12)

feel the love 5k 1

Phoenix Full Marathon (3:14.59) Short recap and long recap to come…

Best Race:

Both races were not perfect by any means but Phoenix Full Marathon had many more positives.


I trained extremely well for the first two weeks of February.  I felt ready for my first goal race of 2015, the Phoenix marathon.  I didn’t have concrete goals but I made an effort to get the training in.  The cold weather was both shocking and often times hard to train through.  There were several runs I did not feel motivated or excited to do because it was so cold.

For the second half of the month I tapered.  I was having muscle soreness in my hamstring that I was monitoring.  I didn’t effect my gait but it was noticeable.  I was hoping that it would dissolve with 2 deep tissue massages, rest and tapering.  It died down enough that I felt okay to run Phoenix.  The marathon distance caused my issue to become legitimate concern during the marathon (I’ve never really had experience with this) and during the final miles of the marathon my hip, butt and hamstring hurt.

My plan for now is to rest and recover as well as getting a deep tissue massage.  I had planned not to run for 10-14 days already but now this is much more important to me.  I have no “looming races” that I need to train for.

I don’t have a big plan for March. I will be at Shamrock weekend since I will be in the area taking care of last minute wedding stuff.

 I do know I won’t be logging miles for a while.  I’ll have a full Phoenix recap soon (I should have plenty of time right?)

Questions for you:

Have you ever had hamstring or hip issues?

How was your February Training?

Thursday Thoughts

I don’t know how to begin this post.  Thursday posts are meant to be random and I can as heck say that will be the case here.  I’ve also written a lot of in depth and “more serious” blog posts this week.

Like these: 

I’m Coming for you Phoenix

Marathon Nutrition

Confessions of a Grocery Store Shopper

The Hard Truths of Blogging

Wow, that is a lot even for me…I guess I should have spread them out more but I’m not a planner. Apparently serious blogging is what I do when tapering so today I need a space to just gather my trivial and scatter brained thoughts.

Where to begin?

I’m flying to Phoenix today with the Mr. LOLZ.  The Philadelphia airport is only 10 minutes from my house.  It’s so nice being that close to things…in college I had to drive 3 hours to the closest airport.  In VA I was about 30 minutes from the closest…so this just seems weird.

On another note, I saw a wild turkey in South Jersey the other day.  For those who don’t know, I moved from a rural area of NJ (where the nations cranberry’s are harvested) to “the stereotypical city Jersey”.  So seeing a turkey in downtown Haddonfield is like…seeing a buffalo…in buffalo.


Instead of running this week I’ve been cleaning my house.  I know you are probably as shocked as I am (and my parents are) but I actually have a clean house right now.  I want someone to visit so I can showcase my house.  (So seriously if you are in Philadelphia or close by…I only live about 2 miles away in NJ).

I recently purchased a pair of CW-X compression pants.  They were 105 dollars but full leg compression.  Full leg compression is something I’ve never had so we will see how they work out!

Speaking of products I’ve been enjoying lately…I’m turning into a lululemon girl.  I bought a pair of leggings on sale a few weeks ago.  They were great and weren’t see through so I bought another pair.

Tim and I are getting married on a Sunday because every Saturday except one was booked for 2015. That Saturday was actually February 21 and I’m really glad we didn’t choose to get married last weekend. I can tolerate cold weather but I don’t think I would have enjoyed that!

Last night I got to hang out with personal friend and fast runner Liz! Liz is a local writer and runner in the area.  She is fast, humble and recently started a blog.  We went to a diner that has been on my “to do” list for a while now.

liz and i 1

On another race note, it’s my first race in a while not running in a race singlet.  I bought a new race singlet.  i haven’t run in it yet…probably not smart but oh well.

I think that is all of the random thoughts I have this week.  I should probably go pack before I leave in a couple of hours…

Questions for you:

How do you spend time while tapering?

This week I cleaned and wrote blog posts.  It counts I guess…

What am I forgetting to pack for Phoenix?  

(I will check in right before I leave LOL).

The Hard Truths of Blogging

The last 4.5 years of blogging have been enjoyable.  I’ve learned a lot about social media, blogging, running and of course myself.  I’ve started friendships with people across the country. Simply through blogging I’ve met incredible people and done incredible things.

If that isn’t the most cliché and kissass introduction, I don’t know what is.


Obviously I’ve grown as a person since blogging.  I started LOLZ blog as a 20 year old junior in college. I was beginning my first season of cross country and was still swimming.  I was competing in two very different competitive sports.  As any college student, I was confused with life, with sports and with training.  I began blogging as a way to seek advice from others as well as document my personal journey.

In 2010...one of my first blogging photos!

In 2010…one of my first blogging photos!

With every blogger, I started by blogging for myself.  

As I continued to blog and connect with others, I had a few readers.  I was no longer blogging solely for myself because I had an audience. Whether I knew each individual in real life or not, I had people that read my blog occasionally.  My tone didn’t change but it did make me think more about what I say on the internet (Whether you delete something or not, the internet never forgets).

To make this clear: With or without readers, I blog for myself but I also blog to share my journey in hopes someone can learn from me (both my successes and mistakes).  In blogging, twitter, facebook and social media in general, people enjoy feedback…that is why we do it. 

Quite frankly, I also really enjoy blogging and it’s a fun hobby to have.  Life is to short to do things you don’t like.  Right now I like to blog and run…so I will make time for those. 

This post was semi inspired by a post from T-Rex Runner of how blogging has changed.

I’ve written and rewritten posts like this several times but none were that coherent.  I cut and pasted 3 different posts together so hopefully it makes as much sense to you as it did to me.  It’s all over the place (like my mind is).

The hard truths of blogging:

    1. Not everyone will like you and that is fine. There are a lot of opinions and thoughts I don’t agree with.  This includes thoughts both inside and outside of the blogging world.If I don’t agree with someone offline, I don’t pretend I do.  People mistake not agreeing with hating and that is one of the furthest things from the truth.
    2. I don’t hide my thoughts.  I’m not going to lie and promote something.  If I don’t like peanut butter, I’m not going to say “oh my goodness, this peanut butter recipe looks amazing”.  What’s the point?  If you know me in “real life” then you know I’m that friend that will give you both the positive and negative.  For instance, if you ask me which dress looks better on you….I won’t say both…I’ll tell you which dress does.
    3. People grow apart. I’ve grown apart from several blogs I followed.  There are two blogs that I still follow (or still blog) that were blogging when I began in 2010.  We are in two different places in our lives.  It’s not a good or bad thing but a fact.  There is no need to read every single blog in the “blogging world”.  If a topic doesn’t interest you, then it doesn’t.  I’m sure there are several readers who could care less about diner reviews…and that is fine!  That is still my thing…I never blog with the expectation that people care about any and every post. Believing that only sets us up for failure.
    4. Blogging is not really a profitable thing to do.  Unless you want to shill products that you don’t care about or sell yourself out for trivial items, it’s not worth it.  I’ve been contacted by several companies to promote things as adult diapers, maxi pads, vitamins that aren’t FDA regulated and even pet products.  None of those products match my blog so I don’t promote them.  Sure I turned down money (probably close to 1000 dollars when I add everything up) but I’m not desperate for money. I’m going to use my blog to shill out things that I could care less about. 
    5. Just because you can use google, does not make you an expert. If I am looking for a expert medical advice, I will see someone who is qualified.  I read blogs because they are light hearted and fun.  I don’t read because I expect the blogger to be a medical professional.  Google does not give make you as qualified as a nutritionist, dietitian or medical expert.
    6. Every blogger has chosen to omit something from their personal space online.  It’s smart.  When reading a blog you aren’t seeing the full life picture.  For instance, when T and I chose to live together…it wasn’t as if I woke up and wrote a post titled “I’m moving” and shotgunned a move.  We had discussed it for a while. Maybe a person is struggling because they just broke up with a significant other, maybe they are having financial problems or maybe someone just doesn’t feel like sharing a personal tidbit.  Blogging is a fine line between sharing and oversharing.   Don’t overshare.

For better or for worse blogging as come a long way since 2010.  It’s far more commercialized and people except to be compensated for their “time” blogging.  No one is forcing your to blog and it should be something you truly enjoy.  In any case, I love to blog and I’m not going anywhere. 


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