Backing off to fix my hip

by - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I have a problem.

I'm a perfectionist who really likes to run. This often leads me to run even when I'm injured and should be resting.

It took Stacy's comment on yesterday's post for me to realize I was even doing it.

teacherwoman said...
You're still running with a nagging hip?!

That pretty much says it all.

Yes I was still running with a nagging hip because I wanted to get in the miles, because I didn't want my running fitness to suffer, because I want to be in good shape for the cruise and for several other reasons that are equally as silly.

So I'm forcing myself to take some time off from running.

In that time I will take Carolina John's advice and use the elliptical to keep my aerobic fitness up and work on some hip strengthening exercises that I learned in PT two summers ago. I will also spend some time each day working on my IT band with The Stick and following up with Icy Hot as necessary.

I'm also on the lookout for a good massage therapist or active release practitioner in the DC area who won't charge me an arm and a leg. I'm determined to get this hip thing under control so that I can train for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler after I get back from vacation.

Feel free to leave great hip exercises and stretches in the comments.

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  1. Doing the right thing for a nagging injury is the toughest thing to do. I hope it heals soon. Cheers!

  2. I hope you are back to better soon!!

  3. Galloway sez its OK to run when you are healing, you just got to slow slow slow down and take it easy. Ice afterwards is a good idea! Get that hip better!!!

  4. It's so much smarter to stop for a couple of weeks than to push through, make it worse, and be out for MONTHS on end. I have definitely done that before and landed myself into severe runner depression. No fun. Rest and heal up! There are plenty of other things you can do to stay active and in shape.

  5. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Swimming and biking is great too, however not sure if either of those bother your hip. I'm going for ART tomorrow.

  6. I agree with Wes. Maybe you just want to slow it down a bit with a lot of walking?! Don't worry about the miles. Maybe just plan to go out there for 30 minutes a couple times a week, not thinking about distance or time... but most importantly, just listen to your body!

    yoga might be good for that hip, too! :)

  7. I hope your hip feels better! I know how frustrating injuries can be!

  8. I just recovered from the same problem(I'm sure I already told you)and I have come full circle through running short distances every other day and getting ART and soft tissue massage. You will get better but get it worked on soon! Good luck!

  9. Hope the hip feels betters soon!