Friday, March 23, 2012

change it up

Damn PS (Piriformis Syndrome) doesn’t appear to be going away. I’ve been trying for the last couple of weeks to run speedwork and it just isn’t working. At least not the fast stuff; short intervals and such. It doesn’t bother me enough to stop running. Guess, that means I’ll just layoff the speedwork until this thing goes away.

In the meantime, I’m going to ramp back up the mileage. 40-50 miles a week may have worked in the past, but higher mileage seems to work the best. Time to start running about 10 miles a day, seven days a week. No running streaks, I’ll take a break every once in awhile. Of course, I’ll have to be smart about it. Maybe start at around 8 miles a day for a few weeks and gradually build up to 70-80 miles per week.

Then again, running through this thing may be a mistake? Hell, who knows. It’s frustrating. Probably ought to go back out to the golf course once or twice a week. The soft surface would probably do some good. Shame we don’t have any decent trails in the Murfreesboro area. Hate to make another trip into Nashville to run the trails on the weekend. I’m in Nashville every day. Maybe I could run the Nashville trails after work, once a week or so.

Causes of PS from here. The one thing that was news to me, "a longer second toe". Really? or just something to add to the laundry list. Still think my root cause is over striding in a speed workout. All of the other stuff, probably contribute but not the direct cause of the irritation. They could probably add driving a stick shift car in stop and go traffic.
  • reading in bed with your knees bent or otherwise sitting so that the majority of your weight is on your buttocks
  • sitting on the floor, especially with your knees bent up in front of you
  • sitting on your foot
  • catching yourself from falling, or other sudden muscle overload
  • a direct blow to the muscle
  • twisting sideways while bending and lifting something heavy
  • forceful rotation of your body while your weight is on one leg
  • twisting repeatedly while throwing something behind you
  • running
  • in women, spreading the legs during intercourse
  • car accidents, particularly when struck from the driver's side (even for passengers)
  • driving for long periods
  • a longer second toe
  • foot pronation
  • one leg shorter than the other
  • over-correcting a shorter leg with a lift that is too high
  • chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • infectious sacroiliitis
  • arthritis of the hip joint or hip replacement surgery, although I believe usually the trigger points likely came first and were untreated for many years
  • the sacroiliac joint out-of-alignment

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