April 5, I did the NO 70.3. I was under-trained for it. Had to push very hard for last 20 miles of the bike into a rough headwind. Climbed 2 steep bridges in the last 8 miles. Very rough run. Hot, humid. Around mile 6, I started getting a pain in my right butt. Never had this before - ever. Assumed it was piriformis muscle.
The next 2 - 3 days, I sat on the trigger point ball, trying to work out this pain in my butt. It got a little better. Lower back was very stiff. Did a lot of stretching.
4th day, I go for first run after the HIM. Easy 4 miler. At one a half miles, my right calf cramps up - bad. Had to walk home.
Waited about a week. Still working on trigger point ball, doing strecthes, etc. Not really sure what's going on. Tried running again. Made 3/4 of a mile. Right calf cramps up again - bad. This is easy running BTW, 9-10 min pace. I don't have any pain in piriformis area, but I can tell that somethings just not right with my right side lower back and right leg.
Make appt to see my chiro. He says Piriformis muscle can strain the Sciatic nerve and the pain can bypass upper leg and show up in lower leg, therefore, calf cramp. He does the usual lower back ajustments on me. But we both notice that my lower back is extremely tight. He does electro therapy also. We do this for a week or so. Then he also starts decompression on lower back.
I don't follow his orders and I try running again after a week. Make it 3/4 of a mile and calf cramps again. Ok, so I'm hard-headed. I learned. I don't run for a couple weeks. I keep seeing chiro 3 times a week, don't have any major pain anymore.
Try running again and make it 3 miles with no cramp. Try again 2 days later and go 3 miles with no cramp. Ok, good, making progress. Couple days later, bike 25 easy miles with 2 mile easy brick - no cramp. Next day, run 3 easy miles - no cramp. Run 2 miles, get a cramp again. Crap!
Talked to chiro again today after therapy. He says, "You know, you're 41, how many people your age and older do you see running marathons? Your days of running and triathlon may be over" Blah, blah, blah I'm not buying that. I believe he knows his field. He's been doing this for many, many years. But, I not believeing that. I'm gonna get this fixed somehow. I have a referral to a sports PT from a tri buddy of mine. Gonna see what else I can do.
Anyone else have something like this? How'd you deal with it? My running/triatlons days aren't over. I gotta find a way to get over this.