Save the Date + Really Good Stretches
Yesterday I said goodbye to all of the sadness and stress that came along with DNFing at Chicago this year by securing my spot for Chicago 2016!
Team PAWS opened up pre-lottery registrations for Chicago yesterday and I jumped at the chance to put my name down. When you run with a charity group you can’t defer your entry or transfer it to another runner, but none of that matters because only the apocalypse could stop me from lining up in Grant Park next year. On October 9, 2016 I will OWN CHICAGO.
You know those crazy people who are like, “only 70 more sleeps until Christmas”? Well, there are only 359 more sleeps until Chicago! 🙂 Now that I have that out of my system I promise to try and not talk about Chicago again until I start my training cycle in June.
By the time most of you read this I will have already been to see my PT. Fingers crossed that I leave his office feeling better and with a date that I can begin running again!
If you think you you have Piriformis Syndrome (go see a physical therapist or doctor) try the first two stretches in this video:
The first stretch demonstrated in the video provides sooo much relief for me. The second one is good too. I’m not sure about the strengthening move the demonstrate after the stretches as I’ve never been told to do that but it’s probably good advice. If you have Piriformis Syndrome and you’re doing the stretches correctly you won’t have to wonder if they are working because you will feel the muscle being stretched big time, or at least that is true in my case.
I’ve always done this stretch, but have found it to be increasingly important in recent days:
Clam shells and hip extension stretches have provided a lot of temporary relief. I’m doing a few other stretches in addition to these, but these are the ones that I think are making the biggest impact.
The other thing that has provided a ton of relief is sleeping with: a.) a pillow between my knees and b.) keeping my legs extended straight out instead of curled in. I’ve always slept with my legs curled in so keeping them straight isn’t easy, but I do find that my whole body feels better when I do.
For instance, Wednesday morning I woke up feeling like a million bucks probably because I stretched right before bed and then made sure to keep good posture while sleeping. As soon as I sat down at my desk to read a couple of blog posts my lower back and butt began to ache. Sitting really is going to be the death of us!
I am looking forward to the day that I can sit for more than 45 seconds without aching!
This short break from training comes at a good time since Adam and I have some plans for the weekend that will keep me pretty busy (it’s more birthday surprise stuff so I can’t share here on the blog yet). His actual birthday is on October 26th but it’s been fun to give him a Birthday Month since he always gives me one!
Alright, I’m off to tackle the day. I hope you have a great one and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!
Who is racing this weekend?
Want to sign up to run Chicago 2016 as part of Team Paws? Send me an email! 🙂