I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain

gty_jogger_winter_rf_jc_160108_12x5_1600Hey, look at me!

Mrs. I’m-so-on-top-of-things-I-go-for-a-run-on-my-lunch-break.

Yeah. Go me.

(photo credit: ThinkStock)

Not five minutes in, I felt an odd, aching sensation in the back of my upper right thigh that only got worse as I kept going. Hoping to not aggravate whatever was causing it, I hobbled home wondering what the heck had just happened.

I’ve been oh so careful, stretching and resting in between runs so as to avoid any injury that might threaten my plan to run an 8k (in 7 weeks!) and three 10ks later this year.

Frustrated at not being able to squeeze in a quick 5k as planned, I did what any overbooked parent does – I googled my symptoms.

What popped up was quite literally labeled, “a pain in the butt.” No joke. The more technical term for it is, “upper hamstring tendinitis.”

cookiesAside from rubbing it down with homemade chocolate chip cookies (which I intend to serve at my pity party), the recommended course of action involves switching to a non-impact aerobic activity like a stationary bike (don’t own one) or swimming (can’t, won’t, can’t), followed by weeks of icing and strengthening (using machines to which I don’t have access) only after which a “light running regime” can be resumed.

Well, I’m sorry, but I don’t have time for a lengthy rehab. I just don’t.

What I do have is a foam roller. And a really big bottle of ibuprofen.

And, oops, no time.

Gotta run. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

2 thoughts on “I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain

  1. Oh BV, I feel for you! I’m a former ballet dancer ( I started my career as a dancer)and my body has been not cooperating lately. I think it’s getting me back for all those things I did to it back in the day…..I stretch etc. such as you do almost every day to keep myself loose but it never seems to be enough anymore. I’m getting old and I hate it and this cold, chilly winter-like February we’re having in Chicago isn’t helping matters. I don’t wanna run, I just wanna go about my business!

    My back’s been out since mid January and I’ve been icing and heating (I have a new heating pad…yeah, me!)since about then. Also, I’m lying flat on my back on the floor a lot…I’ve done more phone calls from this position in the last month…I almost like it better than the regular way! I’m about 85% better but I’ve lost most of the month of January, the month I catch up between semesters. I didn’t have time for this!

    I like *pain in the patootie* for your situation myself…more colorful!


    1. Hi Marie! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one dealing with some inconvenient aches and pains. Here’s to the sunshine-filled, warm Chicago beaches we have to look forward to this summer, right? Thanks for writing!


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