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Redefining the word beautiful...one dirty, sweaty, bruised up mile at a time, with a few downward dogs along the way...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

It's all about the psoas

After my therapeutic and amazing massage work with Jess on Thursday, I realized that given enough patience and time, I will be back to running injury free. I pulled my psoas (pronounce SO-AZZ to some and SO-OZZ to others) and I am back on the road to recovery. I haven't run since that disastrous 18 miler but will try a little run today, after my 41 mile ride - it was supposed to be 41 mile ride, 9.5 mile run brick. I don't want to push it or worsen it's condition. It doesn't hurt at all except in the running stride position or if I am laying down and pull myself up using only using my abs. But I haven't tried to do either in days so today is a small test.

I called my coach in a panic on Thursday... I have never had an injury in the 10 years I have been marathoning so I was completely clueless in the world of "laying off" and "looking at the big picture- Ironman in September." I emphasized to him that his biggest challenge with me is that I won't be sensible. He told me to ride and then run 5 minutes off the bike ...if it felt good, continue 25 or 30 more and then to head to the gym to finish off the "run" on the elliptical. Much less stress on the joints and perhaps a good way to keep my muscles warm but avoid damaging the psoas further. It's a game plan I can live with as I really want to run the Colorado Marathon next Sunday, it will be my fourth 4th consecutive year running it.

It's a beautiful and fast course, the first 18 miles downhill (which I LOVE to run) and I have wonderful friends coming in from out of town (Hooray Jackie, Gordy and Dee!!) and other local friends who will be there as well. It's important that I be able to participate at a minimum of 90% so I will do my best today to stick to the "game plan." If I do, it will be nothing short of a minor miracle as I am a scorpio...

Scorpio in a Nutshell:Scorpio is the astrology sign of extremes and intensity. Scorpios are very deep, intense people, there is always more then meets the eye. They present a cool, detached and unemotional air to the world yet lying underneath is tremendous power, extreme strength, intense passion and a strong will and a persistent drive. Scorpios have a very penetrative mind, do not be surprised if they ask questions, they are trying to delve deeper and figure things out and survey the situation. They always want to know why, where and any other possible detail they can possibly know. Scorpio's are very weary of the games that other people try to play and they are very aware of it. Scorpios tend to dominate and control anyone that lets them, or anyone that they find weak. The person that a Scorpio respects and holds close to them is treated with amazing kindness, loyalty and generosity. On the outside, a Scorpio has great secretiveness and mystery. This magnetically draws people to them. They are known to be controlling and too ambitious but only because they need control for this makes them feel safe.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Scorpios are bad ass! Just like fish and rats.

Nice job with the whole psoas thing, it's always a learning process and I think you did a great job holding it together and dealing with it. You didn't push it but tested it when it felt ready. And treated it in the best way possible in my opinion.