To Run or Not Run Through Pain

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” – Jacqueline Gareau

Being smart is to how you handle the pain. Three weeks ago, I went out for my long run on nice warm rain day. As I was running, I notice my left knee was having a hard time bending and the left hip was not cooperating. Only went a mile then walked home. As a triathlon coach and personal trainer, I wanted to figure what was causing the problem. I stretched, that didn’t help. Went to chiropractor that didn’t help. Next put Rock Tape on my left hip and gluteus Maximus. As I watched the video to do this I found another video which  a physical therapist explain the gluteus medius and doing myofascial release. As rub my left gluteus medius I can feel the pain when I run. I hit a home run. I found another video using a lacross ball or pinky ball to do myofascial release on the gluteus medius. A Yoga friend showed me a stretch in her Yin yoga class that really helped. Doing the myofascial release and stretching every day, I will be able to do the Punkinman Half Ironman this Sunday.

Resting and finding what the cause of the problem is allowing me to get back to running. After talking with other running and triathlon friends, most of their issues comes from the gluteus medius. I know mine is probably from overuse with the biking and running. This small muscle does a lot of work for our everyday lives, which is why we should take care it. I had client find out it is one of the sources to her lower back pain.


Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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