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.
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.
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.
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.