I’ve been dealing with a hurt hip ever since the Oakland Half Marathon over a month ago. I’ve been trying not to freak out about it, but it continues to persist off and on. I have to admit it has slowed me down both physically and emotionally. Trying to remain positive.
For the first week, it was hurting a LOT. So much so that it made me wince to walk even a short distance. I was traveling that week, and the combination of post-race, then a long plane flight, then a bunch of sitting made it really hurt. I didn’t find relief until I located a used softball for $1 at a sporting goods store.
After I got home, I finally decided that I needed to seek professional help. I went and found a physical therapist that I really liked.
However, alas, after three treatments I discovered that this particular place was not covered by my insurance plan and would not be reimbursed. Big sad. 😦
I decided to take a different route. I went back to my trainer, who also is very skilled at body work. I went in there limping about a week ago. He mashed on my hip and stretched me for over 90 minutes. After he was done, I was pain free. He’s so good at what he does.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was kind of discouraging. But I’ve been trying to focus on other things. I started taking a MSBR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Class. Which has been amazing and wonderful. I think it has helped me cope with this injury more than anything else. It is a weekly class held at the Writers’ Grotto where I write. It’s been a real opportunity for reflection. Am I doing too much? Not enough? Am I getting lazy, or am I resting it appropriately? It is so hard to know. I’m just trying to be patient.
Last week I got this brochure in the mail and damn, I’m tempted to take it just so I can figure out what the heck is going on, and how to fix it. A friend of mine suggested that I look into trying to get some of those black rings inserted. Heh.
The See Jane Run half marathon is three weeks from today. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do. Part of me is still so reluctant to downgrade to the 5k, but I kind of know that’s what I need to do. I haven’t run more than three miles at a time since the Oakland Half.
My meditation and mindfulness practice has taught me that this, too, shall pass (I hope).
May 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm
I was at one time you were SOL. That’s where I went last August for help on my hip. They were wonderful, and my insurance would have reimbursed if I could have gotten a rx from my hip surgeon. Alas, things there are always lost in communication…
Don’t do the run, please. I’m not sure you should even do the 5K, but I’m betting you do…
May 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm
I’m still planning to be there for the 5k, but will probably be walking it. I haven’t been training at all. So if you want a nice, mellow walk or walk/jog buddy, look for me at the back of the pack. 🙂
May 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm
I would love a nice mellow walk/jog! And we can celebrate our 4 year Janeaversary! 😉
May 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm
I’ll show you a trick or two that I like on Memorial Day. So sorry, Susan.
May 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm
REST! Part of me does NOT want to hear about you doing any sort of run, 5K or no. Your body is telling you something. Listen. 🙂
May 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm
The interesting thing is that it hurts a lot less when I run than when I sit for a long while or try to bend my hip too much; ie yoga. Child’s pose KILLS ME. But keeping my hip nice and neutral feels good.
May 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm
Downgrade, downgrade, downgrade. Most important–be kind and loving to yourself and give your body what it needs, not what you wish it needed. Maybe skip this run or walk it? In any case, allow your body to play a major part in helping you make the decision, please.