Three weeks ago I went with my son and his Scout Troop on a campout to Caprock Canyon…right on the edge of the Great Plains of Texas where Chief Quanah Parker once wreaked havoc. On Saturday afternoon the Troop would take about a 7.5 mile hike in through the canyon. I was going to get my running in by running ahead about ½ mile and then circling back to the troop and then do it all over again.The first 3 miles of the hike were benign…but after that the terrain turned brutal….like we ascended 1000 feet in 2/10 mile….I would go up and down back to the troop and then back up…this allowed for me to get my heart rate up to about 180 beat per minute while working climbing muscles. When all was done with the hike I had only gone about 11 miles…the last ½ mile carrying a boy on my back who had twisted his ankle. We get back to camp, and it looked like everybody was beat…but Doug had brought his mountain bike and I just couldn’t let it go unridden for the weekend…so I don my cycling shoes and went for a 45 minute trail ride before dinner.
We had dinner…all was good…and then as the night commenced I bed down on the ground. The next morning my right hip was in pain with another pain shooting down my leg…hamstring and then calf. Wow…this ain’t good. I do a self diagnosis…piriformis syndrome…inflammation of small muscle in the hip region adjacent to the sciatic nerve. BINGO!
My bud Jennifer Kimble recommends that I go to her Chiropractor who practices Active Release Technique (ACT). I know kinda what that is (dealing with the soft tissue)…am a bit skeptical…but I think what the heck…it can’t hurt…I can hardly walk…and I still have to get back to training…cause the Spartan Beast in a freaking month.
Long story short…I go…he works on me for 30 minutes…I bout came off the table from the pain…I was sweating…it was rough…and the next day….WOW…less pain…like LOT LESS PAIN…and it progressively gets better.
Here we are…a week later…and I am nearly a 100%...and through all that I only missed one workout. This morning was Crossfit…and other than being all sorts of intense goodness for an hour…no pain in the hip. PRESS ON!