What’s that you say Mr. Piriformis?!

I believe the ‘mutterings’ coming from the area directly behind my front between my waist and my thigh on the right side of my body are bringing the following message:
Dear, Sweet, Delusional Julianne,
On behalf of the entire rest of your body we, the Piriformis and Upper IT Band, are here to mandate that you do the following before even attempting to train for a marathon (any marathon ever):
A) Yoga more than once a week.  We recommend you get back to that Tuesdays and Fridays thing that looked so good on paper a few weeks ago.
B) Strength training for the following muscles: Glutes (mini- and maxi- mus . . . mini- and maxi- mi?  we digress . . .); Hamstrings (which are, oddly enough, made of neither ham nor string); Abductors; and finally Adductors.
C) Is for CLEAN!  As in CLEAN UP your eating habits.  Consistently.  And with Commitment.  And no more exCuses.  Ocay?
Refusal to comply with the above listed mandates (not suggestions, not recommendations, not even ‘guidelines’, m-a-n-d-a-t-e-s) will result in two things: Injury and Failure.  Because we know how much you hate Injury and Failure we stand (and sit) willing to assure that you will experience both – individually and simultaneously, possibly repeatedly – should you disregard this evening’s little ‘warning shot’.
We further assure that you will not experience what it feels like to cross the Finish Line of the 2013 St. Jude Full Marathon.
We feel we have made our Terms and Conditions clear and understandable and trust that you will take appropriate measures to see to our mutual best interests.
Sincerely,
Piriformis and IT Band
United we (and you) stand, divided . . . well . . . you know the rest.

So.
I think we all see what I have to do.
Follow up on the Stated Intentions I stated several weeks ago.
All of them.
Consistently.

Moving on . . .

Last weekend HCRP and I went to New Orleans for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon/Half-Marathon with another runner couple we’re good friends with and had a blast!
The trip down and back on Amtrak was a laughapalooza!  If you ever have the opportunity to travel any distance via Amtrak I highly recommend spending the majority of your time in the observation car.  Not just for the scenery, but also for the people watching.  Totally worth it for the people watching.  The four of us had a great time just hanging together.  To make no mention of eating, drinking, and generally enjoying The Big Easy and each other’s company outside our usual environment.  HCRP and I relayed the Half and our friends each ran the full Half.
The NOLA Half was about eight weeks out from a Full Marathon they’re training for, so in many ways they approached this as ‘just another training run’.  For HCRP and I relaying was somewhat of a let down as we had originally planned to do the full Half, but what with me having to reschedule my reduction surgery from February 26th to December 6th and not able to get back to running til Mid January . . . well running the entire Half was pretty much contraindicated.  So we relayed it.  And in the end had a great time doing it!

I mean it isn’t every day that HCRP is going to be passed by (on opposite sides of the turnaround) someone like Mo Farah!
And it sure isn’t every day that I’m going to see Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan live and in person at the Starting Line and again when they blazed past me where I was waiting for HCRP at the relay hand-off point.
We ran with Olympians!
A fairly good distance
behind the Olympians, but still.  We were in the same race!
HOW freakin’ cool is that?!

But the best was yet to come!
Better than Mo, and Shalane, and Kara; better than not shoulder checking the rude tourist who walked right out into the middle of the race and nearly right into me; and even better than finishing the port-a-john deficient race without peeing down my own leg was this: I got to meet two people!
First was BBE who is a member of our local running club and A Running Machine!  The funniest part is that while we share several friends – not the least of whom is The Incredible TLC – we had yet to meet each other live and in person.  We had to go all the way to New Orleans to meet each other and we probably live less than five miles from each other and have likely run in several races together.  Meeting BBE brought no surprises.  She’s one of those genuine, “What you see is what you get!” kind of people I love best!
Second was The Blogosphere’s own Rebuilding Holly!  She and her family were in town playing tourists and they were gracious enough to make time to meet us and share coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde Monday morning.  And there were no big surprises in that meeting either.  She is every bit who and what she comes across as in her blog. Open and interested in everything and willing to share herself and her experiences along the journey.

So that’s what I’ve been – or not been – up to and what I have to get up to going forward.
Thus spoke Piriformisustra!

12 thoughts on “What’s that you say Mr. Piriformis?!

  1. You will get past that piriformis and be training like you want to, don’t sweat it. I’d strongly suggest looking into an A.R.T. specialist. The one in my area cleared this up right away. You might want to look into the work of Phil Wharton, who is somewhat of a stretching and running injury cure guru. We talk about a lot of this stuff at teachtorun.com and would love to have you hop in the comments section!

    • After looking at A.R.T. on activerelease.com I think our chiropractor uses this. I’m going to call his office Monday and ask him. He was actually the one that ‘pointed out’ to me that my piriformis was bothering me. By “pointed out” I mean took my breath away when he stuck his thumb deep into it Wednesday evening. I dang near levitated off the treatment table!

      • Yes, it feels very painful at first but your body has accumulated a lot of scar tissue throughout the years, as we all have and those tiny little lingering pieces of scar tissue change your running form just enough to put pressure on other body parts and throw everything out of whack. This was of course all explained to me while I was being twisted into a pretzel one day on a A.R.T. specialists table having my achilles, IT band and some other tendons treated. It is a fantastic non invasive, non-pill option for treating common running injuries.

      • Well I’ve only been running for not quite two years so any scar tissue would have come from three decades of entirely too much time spent sitting on that poor little piriformis!
        I looked up my chiro doc on the website and sure enough, there he was! The sadist… 😉

  2. Hey dear, sweet, delusional Julianne! It was an honor and a pleasure to meet up with you, HCRP, your yoga-wise friend (LISTEN TO HER AND HEAL!) and her husband. The beignets and cafe au lait were mighty tasty, too, and became a re-run in our schedule…Anyway, you are a delight, and meeting you truly made my day. It would be a blast to participate in the St. Jude’s run, if you have a version for slackers (though I may become slightly better than a slacker if I follow a certain Memphis training plan).

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