I’ve waited while to write a post about how my bum butt is doing. I said that if my butt was not feeling better after my honeymoon I was going to get an X-ray and MRI. In cliff notes version: my bum butt is not an issue right now.
Anyways how did I get to this point?
To be honest my butt (known as the #bumbutt) has been one of the most frustrating injuries. While this is a running blog, so much has taken place post marathon that I haven’t spent an extended amount of time whining and complaining. For better or for worse, the whining has been minimized. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been frustrated with my injury, it just means I haven’t been internet whining.
Now that I’m married and settled in, the whining and nagging can begin!
Long story short, my bum is finally starting to get better. This is a combination of many factors but a big one is going to see Dr. Kemenosh and his team (and no I’m not being paid to say that).
I’ve had 7 appointments now (the last being right before the honeymoon). The first 4-5 times my butt wasn’t seeing much improvement. I completely tore my body apart running the Phoenix marathon. I did damage that I needed a lot of time off for…that makes complete sense and anyone who saw me after about mile 18 can realize that. I was so amped on endorphins I did not realize the damage I was doing.
Was it the smartest to finish the marathon? Maybe not but I don’t regret it…
Post marathon, it was hard to get into the mindset that “this isn’t a quick fix”. Healing was going to take time versus one visit and I’ll be 100%.
Things I’ve been doing to promote healing:
- I have kept a journal since beginning my recovery in March. I have recorded how my run felt and when I felt pain (if I did).
- I’ve stepped almost completely off of dailymile. It’s not that I don’t enjoy dailymile but I didn’t need more advice and I didn’t have the time to keep up with it.
- I’ve been strengthening my hips, glutes and everything along the legs.
- I’ve alternated shoes between the Asics Nimbus and Saucony Triumph. Both are similar high cushioned neutral shoes but I have found the Saucony triumph don’t irritate my foot and cause blisters. Eventually I would like to run most (if not all) miles in the Triumph but I’ve been hesitant due to sticking to what works. The fact is the Asics numbus 16 worked for me but I’m not 100% convinced the 17s do. I’ve had a nasty blister on top of my foot (and yes I wear proper socks…).
- I’m going to specialists (Dr. Kemenosh and team) to get my muscles loosened up. This is the most important aspect of recovery and I would not be as recovered as I am without doing this. They are able to pin point exact trigger points that need to be released so the muscle releases.
After my marathon I had a lot of pain everywhere on my left leg. I had pain in the glutes, the piriformis, adductor muscle (it was painful to turn corners). Anywhere from my butt to half way down my quad had pain at some point.
Slowly respected muscle groups became less obnoxious and painful. The first to deflame was my adductor muscle. Within a few visits and realignments to my first chiropractor, that felt better. I was able to walk normally.
Next my piriformis began slowly deflaming. Beginning in mid March, my piriformis became less inflamed. The only part that bothered me was a small attachment in my glute meade. The pain was no bigger than the diameter of a pen but somehow was able to control my entire butt.
Running the Shamrock half marathon was probably not one of my better ideas either but it is one of my favorite races. I don’t have regrets running that race either. After Shamrock, I decided to get my act together. I had given myself 3 weeks of recovery and I knew this was something more serious than “second marathon blunders”. Although I knew I had done damage when I finished the marathon and had pain. I probably extended my recovery by running Shamrock but oh well.
I am slowly getting better (emphasis on slowly). I know that going to a professional has expedited this process and I would not be anywhere close to where I am now without them. I am honestly about 95% better at this point. In a world that we want nothing but quick fixes, injuries that take time are the most frustrating.
I have another post later but long story short I don’t enjoy marathons. I’ve run two full marathons and neither have been enjoyable. I am going to stick with shorter distances for a while. I have lots of shorter summer races in the plan this year and I’m hoping to stay injury free to do them all.
What an extremely lengthy post about my butt. Luckily mine is almost healed and it’s time to move forward.