I’ve been having a new pain lately. My right hamstring, up to and including my right glute, has been stiff and unhappy. I’ve been foam rolling and that helps, but I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of it. How on earth do I expect to build my mileage if my one side won’t cooperate?
So, I’ve been going down a laundry list of questions to figure it out:
- Have I increased my mileage? Yes, a bit, but not on any one run. I’ve just added one short run to my week.
- Have I been cross training? Yes, a little biking, a little elliptical, nothing major.
- Have I been doing speedwork? Bwahaahaa. I think my speed is at an all time slow.
- Shoes? Same as always.
- Hills? Same as always.
None of these seemed likely culprits. And then it hit me.
Sitting is the cause of my pain. I’ve increased my work hours by quite a bit. And I don’t sit at a desk or on an office chair.
I sit at our dining room table, which just happens to be a really old Ikea set with hard, flat, unforgiving seats. To make things even better for my body (not), I often sit sideways with my legs crossed.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. And it’s not like I figured it out because I’m smart. Oh, no, I had to wait until I experienced searing pain from my glute as I got up after way too long sitting in front of a power point presentation.
Yep, that’s me. Not injured by running. Instead, I’ve been brought down by a dining room chair.
(And yes, I am going to stop sitting here and figure out a better solution.)