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Last weekend I mentioned that I had signed up for half marathon #5 in the middle of April! I’m coming into training with a week of walking around Ecuador, but doing no other training. Normally I’ve done training recaps from Sunday morning-Saturday evening, but I think this time I’m going to mix it up and do Saturday morning-Friday night (but I’ll still post on Sunday mornings).

So, here’s how the week looked:

  • Saturday (1/11): 24.5 mile bike, 1.75 mile walk
  • Sunday: 3.2 mile run, .5 mile walk
  • Monday: REST
  • Tuesday: 1 hour pilates
  • Wednesday: REST
  • Thursday: 13 mile bike
  • Friday: 2.1 mile walk, 30 minutes pilates

Solid first week of training, but I’ve hit a little problem: My piriformis syndrome is back 😦 I think it’s a combination of sitting tight in planes for almost 24 hours, then hopping on a bike (while stiff), and probably not stretching enough afterwards. I felt great on Sunday during my run, but that must’ve been the final irritation, because by Sunday evening I was hobbling a bit. Monday I was fine, and I was fine all week until I got off my bike on Thursday, and it’s been bad ever since.

My piriformis had issues for about a week right before my last half marathon, but I did the exercises shown in this video twice a day, and within a week I was fine. I’m back to doing them 1-2 times a day, and I’m hoping that it’ll go away pretty quickly.

I wanted to run yesterday, but I thought it would probably lead to far worse problems to run then to rest. I can’t believe that it’s week 1 of training, and I’m already dealing with a problem. I’m pretty frustrated, but as long as I can deal with this in the next week or two, I’ll be fine. I would just like to know what’s started to cause these problems.

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you ever experienced piriformis syndrome? If so- any advice or stretches that seemed to help you? Tell me one exciting thing from your week!