I found an image on Google Images (hurrah!) that sort of shows where I’m feeling pain when I run long distances or do this crazy ‘scorpion’ leg lift on my left side.
The pain is actually above the red marks on this diagram’s left butt cheek. Plus it’s not all over – it’s more on the mid-to-outer left side of my butt. TMI, I know.
Yesterday I headed to Cardio Barre and was literally 2 minutes late. The neighborhood has zero parking because it’s a neighborhood and there’s a Trader Joe’s across the street. Being late meant I couldn’t find a normal barre to stand next to, so I went to the front of the class and stood next to the instructor. Lord. If you ever want to feel inadequate, just stand next to a Cardio Barre instructor and be the “what not to do” model next to her.
Back to the upper left butt pain… This pain has started up when I was running longer distances – about 7 miles or more. In Cardio Barre classes, I’m feeling it when I’m lifting my leg up in ‘scorpion’ lifts. I asked the instructor after class “what the f#ck is wrong with me” regarding scorpion and she said I could modify it by being on the floor instead of being on the barre (standing up). I’ll have to give that a try.
See the image below… nevermind the model on all fours. See her lifted leg? The scorpion lift is like that but you lift almost diagonally across your butt, like you were going to sting yourself with your leg.
In yoga, I’m feeling some pain when I’m coming out of cobra and back into downward facing dog. It’s that transition that my lower back is yelling at me. I’ve been taking it easy on the transition, modifying it in two steps versus one fluid movement. That’s helped.
I really was going to run today but it’s pouring and I have to work. D’oh! It’s an outdoor event so I hope the rain lets up a bit.