Yesterday, I took time out to go for acupuncture to try and address this problem I have been taking about in my butt. I got on the table and laid on my side with my right hip in the air. And as soon as she put her hands on my hip she started laughing. “That can’t be good”, I thought to myself. Apparently, my gluteus medius is tight. Really tight. In fact everything from my lower back on the right side down to my right hamstring was screaming. A little more poking and then she says, “I think you have Dead Butt Syndrome”. Did she just make that up?
So yes, this about nails it on the head. Same old trampoline metaphor. Stuff is pulling too tight in different directions and the butt is trying to make up for it. While I run, it doesn’t hurt because the tension is moving around and I am pumping oxygen to the area. When I stop everything tightens back up and pulls and hurts. The part that always sucks to read is about how you might be further damaging and building scar tissue. That’s not cool.
I youtubed some stretches tonight and tried to do them but they all sucked and didn’t feel like it they were hitting it. I tried a few strengthening things but those sucked too. As much as I pretend to like running, I despise this type of standstill minutia. Like it makes me think…fuck running. I do not enjoy this balancing aspect of the sport. The articles go on to talk about dropping volume and cross-training. Dropping volume isn’t going to do anything but stiffen me up. Tried that. Cross training? That’s for other people.
There were interesting quotes about stride lengths in the articles. I believe my stride has shrunk over the past year. It doesn’t seem to be a good thing. It makes me slower. My cadence is up but my average speed is down. It feel uncomfortable to stretch way out and stride big. I feel it on the Sanitas downhill every week. Its all related.
All in all, I am ramping up the efforts a bit. Give that a week and see how things go.