A different RICE method and a little riding adventure

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I felt fine this morning. We took the dogs for a walk in a muddy field that was just above freezing. I tried to clean the mud off my boots by sliding them along the ground sideways. Within a few seconds of that I realized that a muscle in my butt hurt, not severely but enough to make me walk with a limp. I think it's one of the smaller muscles in there, possibly quadratus femoris, or maybe more than one muscle. In any case I used my own version of the well-known RICE method:
R un anyhow (at least for a little while and strangely enough only walking hurt)
I gnore the pain the rest of the day
C omplain to husband about it
E at a lot to make me feel better

Strangely enough, none of it really helped. emoticon emoticon
The unexpected help came when riding my horse bareback for half an hour, the walking and trotting motion was the best rhythmic massage with built-in heating pad one could ask for and helped relax all the muscles in that area. emoticon
And then we had an exciting moment: Two labrador retriever charged at my horse right after we passed them. Blue Eagle decided not to take a chance with these obvious predators and took off at a gallop, fortunately in a straight line so I did not lose my seat. Once we were about 100 feet away I had managed to bring her to a stop and then made her turn around and look at the monsters who were now retreating. Next time I'll ride around that corner I'll be in my Western saddle where I'll have a little more security and then my little cow pony will get to chase dogs rather than cows. emoticon

Depending on how I feel tomorrow I may wait with my long run until Sunday or Monday. I suspect that both ice skating and running yesterday was a little much and the real cause for the muscle soreness. I may have to cut down on the intensity with the ice skating a little until after my half-marathon.
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    Glad you hung on tight and went for a ride. The RICE idea sounds good to me.
    3298 days ago
    Ha,ha, I couldn't control it either, a 1000 lb animal that's scared will do what it wants to do so I just went along for the ride until she was less worried. I was thinking afterwards that if the dogs had charged from in front she might have reared and tried to strike and I could have really been in trouble. But then I think they have a pretty good feel for what their riders can handle and usually avoid getting us into trouble if they can if we've built a relationship with them. emoticon
    3300 days ago
    I love your version of RICE!

    Your experience with the dogs is one of my worst nightmares. I'm afraid I would panic and not be able to control the bolt.
    3300 days ago
    I like your version of RICE even if it didn't work! emoticon
    3300 days ago
    Good Riding!!! Especially bareback!!! Glad your butt feels better.
    Like the RICE method. LOL
    3300 days ago
    My half-marathon is only in early March so I'm not in any hurry. I learned from last year when I almost ran out of time. emoticon
    3301 days ago
    You are really active and pushing yourself. Maybe waiting until Sunday for the long run is a good idea. When is your half marathon?
    3301 days ago
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