The hip finally won! Tuesday as I head out for my scheduled 6 mile run I was thinking that if there was ever a time to pull back and let this hip get some rest this week and next would be it. Last weekends 12 mile long run really put some tightness in my hip but I decided to go out for my 6 mile speed work run anyway. Well just over a mile it I felt the hip snap, crackle and pop and I was done. That same afternoon I went to my Chiropractor who is also a Physical Therapist and has a sports training background. He treated me (in both the PT and Chiro forms) and said that what I have is Hip Bursitis. It's basically just inflammation from an irritated hip. Good news it can't get any worse. Bad news is it's painful and will take a while to go away. I go back Tuesday with Matty and my PT will show him how to stretch me out which will help. I'm supposed to ice as much as I want, on for 20 and off for 40, plus take ibuprofen on a schedule to reduce the inflammation.
My PT has encouraged that I still try running as he doesn't like to take his patients away from what they love doing. He said it deflates them and since running will not make the injury worse he'd like to me still try it. So I tried 2 miles yesterday. Didn't go as well as I was wishing. I did run 2 miles but I did also stop and walk a bit. In addition ever single TINY bit of incline I felt it and I felt it hard! I'll be attempting my scheduled runs next week. Monday is 2 miles, Tuesday is 4 and Wednesday is 3. If Monday goes bad, I'll not run until Thursday and try 2 again.
So what's the story on my races? Well the first 1/2 I have lined up is a return to the Mankato Marathon its Saturday in Minnesota. I am planning on still running it but I'll decided how after Thursday. I'm still trying to accept that I will not finish in under 2 hours. I'm still trying to accept that I may even finish later than what I did last year which was 2 hours and 10 minutes. However, I had a discussion with Matty, and I have some alternate plans, which I'll fill you in on later.
Runner's always remember, when it comes to running and injuries it's not a matter of IF it's a matter of WHEN. I can walk, I can run, I may not be able to do it in the way I'm used to or how I want to, but I still can and I will.