Monday, August 24, 2009

Hans and Franz

If yesterday's run is any indication, my training regime is in need of a serious shake up. That said, one bad run does not a ruined program make, right? I'm not sure.

My biggest issue is this nagging piriformis pain that isn't necessarily getting worse, but it sure as heck isn't getting any better. As I read up on the "syndrome" I get more and more defeatist - I qualify for ALL of the causes, biomechanical and so-called training errors. I just don't see how I get around them and still train.

I'm not running in pain, I learned my lesson on that one, but I'm not 100% either. I'm doing massage, though not as regularly as I could be, stretching and trying to work in appropriate rest days. I've branched off to include more yoga and weights and more movement outside the back and forth of the running plane, and yet, it's not enough.

I think it's time to step up the weights and specifically strengthen the glutes, hips and interior/exterior thigh muscles (plus core work, of course). And by step it up, I mean lifting. Real lifting. Not just some hand weights and squats.

Anyone have any advice on getting pumped up? Where are Hans and Franz when you need them?


Anonymous said...

Who the heck are Hanz and Franz?


Ms. Caddywumpus said...

Oh, gosh, J-9! You needed to be watching saturday night live in the oh, early 90s I think.

Jennifer P said...

I vote personal trainer, which you could probably hook up with at the Y. Or maybe find a running coach. Or even an athletic therapish.