I’m frustrated. Why you ask? Because I’m injured and I don’t know what I did or what exactly is wrong. It all started after the Peachtree in Atlanta in July. I ran a good race but afterwards I could feel my right hip. It didn’t feel right. I took a week off from running in the hopes that I just pulled something. The next time I ran, it took almost two miles but sure enough the pain came back.
At first I was worried it was my IT Band. Way back in 2006 when I trained for my first (and only marathon), it really flared up so much so that it took me almost a year for it to recover and I’ve never done another marathon. You can see why I freaked.
Anyway, we’re over a month out from Peachtree and I’m still battling it. I’ve been for an injury screening. They told me it was my old college volleyball back injury coming back to haunt me. I had two vertebrae that continue to rotate out of alignment, as a result, my hip is over compensating. They did some adjustments and at the time, I did feel some relief. I even ran three pain free miles on the treadmill that night.
Feeling like maybe I got it taken care (but really knowing better), I got up to try an Orange Theory Class. Abby (BackAtSquareZero) and Ashley (A Lady Goes West) talked about it so well I really had to try it. It made a promise to myself to get up and get to the 5:15 class and I did it! What’s Orange Theory? It’s a interval class pairing running, rowing and weights. It was a 60 minute class and that uses your heart rate to keep you moving in the optimal heart rate zone.
They keep your heart rate present all the time by displaying it up on a monitor above the floor. After the class, they send you a recap of your class and it really was gratifying to see that my hardwork paid off…even if it did mean a sore hip again.
So I’ve taken two full days off, the hip pain has subsided and I’m planning to run tomorrow AM. I’m sure the pain will come back, I’ll ice it, stretch it and rest it but I’m definitely feeling bummed that this has started. I have the next three days off work so I’m sure I’ll end up back at the physical therapist.
Maybe it’s my body’s way of telling me marathons aren’t in my future. All I did was start THINKING about them and I’m already hurt.