I was fortunate enough to have a three day weekend this weekend after working almost 50 hours in 4 days in the beginning of the week. It was certainly a tough but fun and exciting experience (I am not allowed to talk about it…sorry! Wildlife can be confidential!), so I was glad for some down time, but then I got bored and frustrated. I will explain.
I haven’t talked much about running or working out on the blog lately because in reality…there hasn’t been much. In the midst of losing my love and drive to run or participate in races since the San Diego Marathon in June I have been having some problems with my legs when it comes to running.
I must admit, I am the stubborn runner that likes to run through the pain and believe that with a day or two of rest that I’ll be all better and back to my normal running self. This has been the case since August when I started to really have an injury kick me in the butt, quite literally.
Since the Wine and Food Festival I went to this summer, I had taken some pain that radiates from deep in the tissue of my left butt to my hip and down a bit with a train of salt. I figured I might have trained a bit too much or something so I took a few days to rest. It was no biggy, until the past few months when it keeps coming back, NO MATTER WHAT.
In the midst of going to the doctors to find out what is wrong with my digestive tract (which might be getting better with the help of digestive enzymes, but I don’t want to jinx myself [[knock on wood]]) I also asked about my hip, since my doctor is also the hip doctor in town. After poking and prodding and some physical tests he concluded that I might have Piriformis Syndrome. What is it exactly?
So basically the red muscle in the picture, is tight and irritating my sciatic nerve. Although I do not have an insane amount of numbness in my leg (which is common with sciatic nerve problems and herniated discs) I do have pain in my hip. More often than not I can start a run and not have problems, but after about three miles I can feel this odd feeling in my left butt, which hurts every time I come out of stride. I can also feel it when I walk on stairs, and if I’m standing and lean on that leg only, but that pain comes and goes. Every once in a while while I’m sitting I will get pings in that area too.
(Icing my butt…not an easy thing to do; really)
So, as you can tell, running is out of the books. I’ve been doing some shorter runs, around 3 miles, just to keep me sane because running has always been my way to relieve stress and anxiety. I have a 10k Turkey Trot I’m supposed to do but it is up in the air until the night before the race because I don’t want to be running and bam, something snaps! That would be even worse…now wouldn’t it.
With this diagnosis and help from my doctor, I have decided that DECEMBER is going to be my NO RUNNING MONTH. I am trying my hardest to stay positive but it’s hard; I absolutely love running. In an effort to keep my body in shape through the holiday season (we all know how worrisome that can be with all the good food around!) I am going to take part in a Holiday Shred that one of my great blog friends, Bobbi, is putting on! I’m hoping that by doing something like this I will stay motivated and well, not go crazy! I have also always wanted to work more on my strength training so I figured this would be a good opportunity also.
(Bobbi and I at Foodbuzz after a run and at the gym)
But besides that frustration, I had a good weekend on the wardrobe front. I have written several times about how I am basically ashamed of the way I dress. I have great friends though, who remind me that what I might think is raggedy, not nice enough or I have no fashion sense, is simply a part of who I am: a relaxed person who spends more time outside that in an office or room where I need to be wearing suits and dresses.
So in an attempt to give myself a bit of a nicer wardrobe for occasions where I might need to wear something other than jeans and a t-shirt, I hit up a few stores this weekend (and last) to grab some new clothes. It’s hard for me, but I put on the mentality that if I look at it on the hanger and think, “This could never work” I would snatch it up and try it on anyhow. How would I ever know if it looks good on me if I don’t try it on, since hangers only give it so much representation?
I found a few things at Express the other weekend including the following:
(My top is more of a see-through shimmery silver color)
My initial reaction to everything except the jeans were, “I cannot pull that off” but with that attitude I tried it on, and with the assistance and nice words from Whit and the sales clerk at the store, I came to like them and how they looked, fit and felt. I may have broken the bank a bit, but it was worth it.
I decided to try it again this week with all the specials going on before Thanksgiving and hit up a store I’ve always been scared of: Banana Republic. This store, and Ann Taylor Loft, have always intimidated me for some reason. But with the crowds of the mall frustrating me, I stepped into the quieter store and browsed throughout the clearance racks. I was unsure about a few things an asked for some guidance by sending this picture off to a few friends and family:
I came home with the pants and top, and then got another one, the white one, that I’m trying to figure out what to wear it with (it’s a tad see-through; suggestions?).
What do you guys think of purchases? I’m pretty excited since I own well…nothing like any of the above!
Ok, Monday is an office day but I still have plenty to do! What did you do this weekend…because I’d rather read about that than make figures and tables. LOL.
I hope everyone had a great weekend, and congrats to everyone that ran a race this weekend too!!! I’m so proud of you, and so jealous all at the same time…hehe!