I’m on a self-prescribed rest from running, which really annoys me. After a couple of months of consistent work, I was hitting my grove:
January = 12 runs, 46 miles, avg pace: 10:06
February = 11 runs, 46 miles, avg pace: 10:05
March = 13 runs, 53 miles, avg pace: 9:59
April = 9 runs, 37 miles, avg pace: 9:54
I knew April would suffer due to the hectic schedule leading up to our move, but I recommitted myself early in May. I set a plan for May and June to keep the mileage between 50-60 miles/month and to work on my pace so that I could finish the London Nike 10K in 60 minutes. After two weeks of minimal running, I logged 18 miles in 1 week, over 5 runs. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw that the last run, Komen Race for the Cure, was pretty hard. Apparently, those 3 miles took me over the edge of what my body wanted to do that week.
Ever since, I’ve been hobbled by a strained left hip/upper thigh. Internet research tells me this is probably my hip flexor:
I suffered through a 3.5 mile run last week and it was super painful in the beginning, as each impact on my left foot sent a pain up my leg. After 5 or so minutes, it subdued, but I ran really slow (11:00/mi) and as soon as I stopped, my leg stiffened. The following day was pretty uncomfortable – going up/down stairs, standing up from sitting – all brought a short burst of pain to my hip. I tried to be comical about it all, whining like a little old lady that “my hip hurts.” Underneath the light-hearted tone, I was worried.
I haven’t run in a week, sticking to the elliptical, slow incline walking, and strength training. I’m also stalking the internet for hip flexor stretches and strengthening exercises. I’ve been spending a lot of time in this position:
The lifting has been a nice distraction – and an important part to get my core stronger to help me increase my mileage – but I’m still feeling pain in my hip, and I’m worried that I will need to extend this rest period. It’s hard to tell my mind that this is the best long-term plan, but I don’t want to do more harm and sideline myself longer.
Anyone had to take time off like this? How was your return to running?