Yesterday I lied. I said I had two more Emblazon titles to share with you, but that was before I changed the posts around to accomodate Susan Kaye Quinn’s blog tour several weeks ago. Stephanie’s Princess Kandake series was actually the last review I have written up. So before I schedule another block of posts, I thought I’d take this opportunity (seeing as I’m about to turn 41 Friday) to bemoan old age.
This whole bemoaning thing started with the spring track season and the setting of my butt upon hard, freezing cold, metal bleachers for hours upon hours, resulting in my hardly being able to walk out of the stadium at the end of each meet. Now, most of you know that I was a distance runner and still enjoy trotting out a few miles each day in spring-through-fall. But this spring I’ve been unable to run at all because of hip pain. I’ve dealt with it off and on for 3 years and have assumed arthritis. (Yes, assumed. I have a very high pain tolerance and aversion to doctors, so much so that I’ve been in deep doo-doo a few times for letting things go too long.) When the bleacher thing exacerbated it so much, In a weak moment, I actually considered scheduling a date with my physician. But just in the nick of time, I opted to go online and do some self-diagnosis first. I should have done it three years ago!
I found I don’t match up with hip arthritis symptoms at all, but I’m a dead ringer for tendonitis of the upper hamstring–an ailment primarily associated with distance runners. (Hmmm…) I would have leaped for joy if my tendons could have handled it. Tendonitis is not the death-knell to my running habit that arthritis would have been. I can so recover from this! I spent a hour or two looking up exercises, physical therapy, things to avoid, and such.
Here’s where a slender link to literature–the theme of this blog, after all–makes an appearance. I found out that all the hours I spend reading and writing probably contributed significantly to the problem. I’d never had a lick of trouble before getting my laptop–three years ago. But when I moved away from my old desktop, I developed a new favorite position for computer use–slouched against pillows on my bed. This, I’ve read several times now, puts strain on the hamstring tendons. Combined with mileage, I was a tendonitis patient waiting to happen.
Now that I’m convinced I’ve pinpointed the problem along with the cause, what am I doing? Unfortunately, I have to limit my writing time for six weeks or so. All sitting seems to bother the injury. The pain is right smack on the “sit bone”. When I resume, I’ll have to find an ergonomically correct position. (Darn it. Those pillows are so comfy!) Also, I’m faithfully doing the lowest level strength exercises with plans to up the power as I heal and to continue this long term.
Most important, however, I’ve given up running for this summer. I’ll cross train instead. The articles all recommend swimming and biking, which put no strain on the hamstring. I really suck at swimming. I can do it, but I don’t enjoy it. It just so happens, however, that I love mountain biking. My last bike had been dying a slow and painful death over the last several years. Last fall, I finally laid it to rest. (I take comfort in the fact that it lives on in the several replacement parts given to friends and family.) I purchased a new bike just a week before bleacher pain finally drove me to the internet. So, I may not be able to run this summer, but I plan to do a LOT of biking!
As for writing? Well, I probably won’t meet my original deadlines. But I think I’ve mentioned a time or two how great my boss is. She really nice, understanding, generous, and very lenient with timeframes. Smart and beautiful, too. 🙂 I’m sure she won’t mind if I have to bump them back a bit. In the meantime, the sun is shining, it’s actually above 50 degrees here in Michigan, and I’m hearing fart apps coming from the homeschool table in the kitchen, which usually signify completed assignments (though not always). I think I’ll blow up some bike tires and take a couple boys out for a spin.
***Back from my ride. I’ve decided to set a goal to ride 1,000 miles before October. That’s 200 miles a month or 50 miles a week. Very attainable. Anyone want to take up the challenge (or set your own goal)? I’ve created a Facebook page to support anyone who wants to give it a try. How about joining me?