Tuesday, 26 May 2009

You take the good, you take the bad

The one bright spot of my working weekend was Saturday when I had the opportunity to help excavate a test pit in a nearby village. The weather was gorgeous and the location was so quintessentially English it took our breath away. Basically it was a perfect day to dig a great big gaping hole in someone’s perfectly manicured back garden. Can’t ask for more than that really.

However karmic balance needs to be maintained in the world, so Sunday was total crap. Not only was I stuck inside during another rare good weather day but my activities from the previous day had left me with a massive pain down my lower left side, specifically in my left buttock and hamstring. I have absolutely no idea what exactly I did to myself but whatever it was it wasn’t good. My hamstring is so tight it feels like it’s going to snap and my ass just plain hurts—sitting, standing, whatever.

The pain is still with me today though it has lessened some. Since I was out of commission running-wise for the entire weekend, I took several walks and tried to stretch the affected area instead. Today was supposed to be Baby Tempo run #3, but that didn’t happen. I did get out for a three-miler, but it had to be super slow as my hamstring was not too happy.

If you all have any advice for healing a tight hamstring and a quite angry butt (probably piriformis) muscle, I’d love to hear it. Oh, and Glaven, please try to control yourself with the ass jokes in your comment(s). I know I’m asking a lot, but I think you can manage it.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Catch up with you when I can.

Later gators.

35 comments:

Count of Monte Christo said...

Hehehe, There is no better way to spend a day than to ruin an Englishman's reason to live ;-)

Sorry to hear about the injury. Ice tends to help with any type of injury.

RazZDoodle said...

So you're a big pain in the ass.

Er...you HAVE a big pain in the ass.

Either way, it still works.

joyRuN said...

Ugh! Sorry to hear about your @$$.

Do you have a tennis ball or rolling pin you can unleash on the aching parts? Or a hot masseuse who can do it for you?

Lily on the Road said...

I'm with joyRuN! Find a hot masseuse!

Marcy said...

ROLL IT BABY!! ROLL IT!! Either that or do the tennis ball. I usually do it standing with the tennis ball sandwiched between the ass and a wall and roll it around. It's funny because sometimes late at night before bed I'll be standing in the corner with the thing rubbing my butt all on it and Mr McG will walk in and be like "Seriously, what's wrong with you?! So abnormal" HAHA You'd think after 2+ years of doing crazy nonsense he's get used to it.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I have nothing but sympathy for your @$$ pain and I would never get cheeky about it or make you the butt of jokes.

Perhaps I could give you the number of my private @$$ Doctor, whose name is Enos but "Enos", in this case, is pronounced "Butthole".

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

O - and I'm under Teh Marcy again and from here I have a great view of her @$$.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear you have a pain in your ass!

Like Marcy said, roll it.

Merry said...

Personally, I would alternate between ice packs, hot tubs, and even hotter masseurs. Oh, and I'd throw in a dose of serious grumbling, not because it helps any but because I'm usually miffed at my body when it pulls stunts like this.
Hope it decides to be nice to you soon!

Xenia said...

Razz--So much bloggy love. I'll remember this the next time I visit NE.

GQH--Somehow your ass jokes managed to be almost classy. I'm impressed.

Mike said...

Could be sciatica. I had that once and stretching was the only thing that helped. Took a couple of weeks to go away, though.

Jamie said...

Sorry to hear about the hammie and your ass. No fun. Ice and advil!

Calyx Meredith said...

I don't have any a$$vice that others haven't already offered so I'll send my sympathy instead. Hope it gets better soon! I totally hate having the fab day right before the crap one. (I like it muuuuuuch better the other way around.) It's a little bit like running downhill first. You KNOW the whole time that you're going to have to pay for it in just a minute and it sucks some of the joy out of it. Still... glad you had a fantastic dig day even if you are still paying. Peace.

Carolina John said...

now i'm surprised glaven didn't mention marcy's tramp stamp, seeing that kind of view of her @ss.

i do yoga to prevent that kind of thing (hopefully). if it could help, it's worth a try.

Viper said...

I recommend strong drink to lift the spirits.

raulgonemobile said...

I've got a little of that going on myself.. blaaaaah. I think rolling it is helping, though, fwiw

Ace said...

Piled on advice from the non-expert with perpetually tight hamstrings is stretching, stretching, and more stretching morning, noon, and night. Hooked on Stretching worked for me!

Spike said...

I can only hope you didn't fill the huge hole back up and left the area littered with candy so foolish children will injure themselves. sorry to hear about your asstounding injury.

Nitmos said...

Ass, hehe, that's funny.

Now, what were you saying?

X-Country2 said...

Oh no! Stretch and ice, stretch and ice. Good luck.

Heather said...

Sorry about the sore ass - hope it heals up soon. I'd go with Marcy's tennis ball idea.

theloosemoose said...

Ass pain sucks. :(

Thank goodness that pain is just weakness leaving the body. Don't be a wussy - run through it!!!

(Or be sensible and stretch/ice/rest. Good luck!)

MCM Mama said...

Hope you feel better soon, but what a cool way to spend a day!

Theresa said...

Glad that you were at least able to get in some digging (even if it did leave you with a pain in the ass), since you couldn't come party up here in Scotland.

You were missed!

Marlene said...

I've been having the WORST pain in my own a$$ lately... cold baths seem to take the edge off after a run, if I can get the nerve up.

Ms. V. said...

favorite line "excavate a test pit"

Kristina said...

I love when my weekends involve excavating pits. Nothing beats it, really.
The only thing that helps my piriformis is yoga. And liquor.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

On Xen'a-du did Glute the Max
A twinge-y @$$pain make appear
Which @$$pain was just like an ax
Cutting Xen'a in the rear.

"Wherefore," she asked the @$$y God,
"Do you my quarters hind inflame?
"Teh Marcy's @$$ is better fare -
"With her go play your @$$ish game!"

But Glute Teh Max was not amused
When Xen'a-du spoke out of place
And Channeled he Teh Marcy then
And PUNCHED poor X. RIGHT IN TEH FACE!1!

Roisin said...

1. Massage!

2. Roll it

3. Booze

You can switch up the order, of course.

Ted said...

Oh yikes !!! Sorry to hear that you have a pain in your ass. My recommendation... massage. The pictures of the hot guy you posted awhile ago. He is the one who needs to do the work on your butt. Hope this helps!

Robert James Reese said...

Tearing up a well-manicured garden sounds like a hell of a lot of fun. I don't have any advice on how to cure the hamstring pain, but I can tell you that I'd gladly endure the same for a chance to go on that fun of an excavation.

nwgdc said...

Tennis ball's a good idea. Rolling pin is better. Chiro? Best. Will you be in Wisconsin anytime soon? I'll allow you to remain anonymous and simply put "Xenia" on the schedule.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

ZOMG, Xenia! Needle-d*ck Dr. Nic is TOTALLY macking on you! What a dawg! He wants to get at your @$$.

All I ever wanted from you was a Popener. Because I'm classy, unlike some needle-d*cked doctors.

How come nobody talks about the Popener anymore? His 15 minutes are up already?

Now that you're in the UK, can you score me an Archbishop of CanterBerry-Wine Corkscrew?

Karen said...

Sorry about the butt pain. I roll roll roll it out with small golf ball.

Oh and my popenor ROCKS! Thanks!

The Laminator said...

I'm with the others. The tennis ball is probably the best.