Ok - enough of the pity party and on to the good news.
I have been taking it easy with my running.
Last Wed., as already mentioned, I ran 4 miles and felt the hip at 2 miles.
Fri. - 5 miles and felt the hip at 3 miles.
Sat. - 5.5 miles with Audrey, enjoying the snow on the ground. felt the hip at 4.2 miles
Each time I run, I am getting an extra mile before I feel the hip.
I still wouldn't call it a pain in the hip, just a dull warning sign.
So last week I ended with 15 miles walking and 14.5 miles running
Tonight I ran 6 miles and did not feel the hip pain at all. Yay! I also did 20 min of yoga, squats, lunges, and arm work with an 8 lb ball.
I decided not to run the marathon this past Sat., when I felt the hip at 4.2 miles. If I can't finish a 5.5 mile run without feeling the dull pain, what will 26.2 miles of pounding do for it? I know I would just cause a minor injury to become much worse by pushing the issue. I am trying to "listen to my body."
I will have many opportunities to run the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, but how many times will I have the chance to run in the BOSTON Marathon?
Several people have mentionrd the foam rollers, where can you purchase these? Do you get them online or at Academy, etc?
In thinking about what caused my hip to become aggravated, I have several things to consider.
* I first thought it may be my shoes. I did recently get a new pair of shoes, but it is the same kind that I have been wearing for several years. Adidas Cushion Response. It did occur to me that I could have gotten a bad pair of shoes, but I am not sure. Currently, I am rotating 2-3 pairs of shoes. I haven't run in the new ones since the half marathon.
* I was talking with Linde (my sister) the last week. She had read my blog and called to asked about my hip. She asked if it was from my fall. Hmmmm! First I had to remember what she was talking about, and now she really has me thinking. You may remember a few weeks ago (probably not, I even forgot about it) Nov. 15th., I did a perfect "seat drop" in some slippery mud in South Louisiana. I landed on my bottox and I landed hard. The next day, I didn't feel anything, but now I am wondering if that may have been the start of my hippy thing. Then on Nov. 28th, I "ran my
* I have been running fairly hard all year, but this fall I increased my mileage to a new max.(63 miles) just before St. George. I did take 2 weeks off of running after St. George, but then started increasing my mileage again. I had slowly worked back up to 45 miles prior to the Stennis half.
Who knows! This week my plan is to run a day and then walk a day. My running days will be 6 miles easy. The walking days will be whatever I have time for. I will continue with my 15-20 min of yoga and hope to make it to a yoga class this week. I am continuing with either ice baths or icing the hip area after my runs.
I do not feel the hip at all while walking, doing yoga, or really anything except the few runs that I mentioned above. I really think if I can hold it together by not running hard for another week, I will hopefully, "dodge a bullet." This is my hope. We will see! To be continued..... Thanks for all of the well wishes, ideas, and support. I will stop pouting as soon as I can run hard again. (already feel the need for quality running)