Not Running is a Pain in the Butt

It has been nearly a week since I have run.  I wish I could say that it was all part of my plan and was part of my reverse taper for my marathon just a few weeks ago, but the marathon was a FEW weeks ago and most any reverse taper plan would have me running by now.  I was following a reverse tapering plan and was starting to feel myself again this past week.  I did get some decent runs in the week following the marathon, and last week was feeling really good.  Since last week was Thanksgiving here in the US we did  some traveling - a LOT of traveling.  We spent most of the week in Indiana and then the second weekend drove to North Carolina.

I ran all week and felt great, but then we drove from Indiana to North Carolina on Friday for my daughter's Cross Country Meet.  Friday evening my lower back was a little sore, and it just got worse overnight.  It didn't seem too bad so I got up and ran 3 miles on Saturday morning before their meet.  Little did I know at the time, but that was going to be my last run for some time.  My back started hurting more during that run, not bad enough that I felt that I needed to stop, but rather just a nagging pain.

In the days following that run the pain started to work it's way down into my butt.  I haven't been running since that time, but the pain didn't seem to be getting any better - until today.  I am far from feeling better, but today was a little encouraging.

I am not sure what is going on.  What started as just lower back pain has settled in my butt.  The pain isn't constant, but kinda hits me when I move just wrong when I am walking or sitting too long.  I have read a little online when I have had time and I am starting to wonder if it is my Sciatic Nerve.  The pain doesn't go down my leg like I have read usually happens, but it kinda does sound like it still.  Another possibility is that it is my Piriformis.

I don't really have a clue.  I am still in the process of self diagnosis and hoping the rest/ice/heat/stretching will take care of it.  Like I mentioned earlier, I am happy that today it seems to be feeling a little bit better but I know I am not out of the woods yet.  On the bright side, I have an excuse to watch movies all weekend and not worry about the leaves in the yard that need raking.

What do you do when you have a pain like this?  Do you run to the doctor right away or do you try a little bit of self diagnosis first?

Hoping to be running soon......