So…the hip injury has be feeling a bit down. I can’t run. And I’m a runner. So what do I do? I’m sticking with the stationary bike because at least it is cardio and it doesn’t hurt the hip or IT band.
I haven’t run since February 25th. And that was just a one mile test to see if I could run without pain. I couldn’t.
I have downgraded the half marathon I was supposed to run next weekend. Instead, I’ll be running the 5K with my son. I am totally OK with that. I am anticipating that I will have to downgrade the half marathon I was planning on running on my birthday (April 13) to the 5K as well. I am not really OK with that. I was hoping that was going to be my PR race. I had a perfect training plan to get me to the finish line in 1:48. Instead, I got stuck with this injury.
But, I’m feeling hopeful that things are getting better. I have been taking less ibuprofen the last few days. I am religiously doing my PT exercises. I’m trying to stretch as much as possible. I’m using heat on my hip when I feel that it helps.
The hip is still sore, but I think progress is being made. I almost want to hop on my bright, shiny, new treadmill to see if I can run without pain. I say almost because I’m still afraid that there will be pain. And then I will know that I still can’t run. And then I will be sad.
The other thing that has been on my mind is the fact that my weight is slowly creeping up. I’m trying to be really careful about what I put in my mouth, but I have a voracious sweet tooth. And it is Shamrock Shake season. I’m only a few pounds above the range where I typically stay. It probably isn’t a huge deal, and I’m still within the healthy range, but it is a tad discouraging. I’m hopeful that once I am able to run again, things will go back to where they belong.
I’m adjusting to the fact that I won’t be running a spring half marathon. I’m hoping that I can fit in a few small, local races this summer. I have a few that I have done every year since I started running and I really want to be able to participate…even if I don’t ‘race’ them.
Then…the fall marathons. I am signed up for two of them. I am hoping that I will be running again by April. To have any hope of completing those marathons, I really need to be training by June. I’d like to be back to some quality training before then. I’m still holding out hope that I can get a marathon PR in October. Since I’ve only run two marathons, a PR is totally doable for me…assuming that I’m not injured.
Right now, I am trying to latch on to the fact that I have had less pain over the past few days. I’m hoping that means I am turning a corner and things are starting to improve. I’m going to wait for my PTs go-ahead before I try to run again (or wait for the 5K with my son, whichever comes first).
I’m off to do my exercises….