So for about 2 months my hip has hurt, but up until last weeks run I would limp a bit when I got up, but then it would loosen up and be OK. I knew I needed to get it looked at , but I was able to still run, the first 1/2 mile was tough , but I was able to run. Since the bad snow run last Saturday, I cannot run and the hip hurts every day. I decided to take a Monday off, and then run Tuesday. Tuesday I went for a run and then pain never stopped , I made it 2 miles and had to quit. I need to run.
I saw a sports orthopedist that specialises in hips. He said it is either a labial tear with bursitis or a stress fracture. If its the former a cortisone shot will fix me, if the latter its just suffering till it heals. They need to do a MRI with contract to determine which it is, and of course thanks to the storm the scheduling for the MRI was delayed. I have an appointment next Wednesday for the MRI and then need to wait till the next Thursday to see the Dr again to get the MRI read. Boooooooooooooo
I decided I will rest the rest of this week and start to run again Monday even if I have to medicate to get past the pain!
So today I was to do a 14 mile run. I woke up and had to slowly talk myself into prepping. I drank my XM+ and my cup of coffee, and then put in my contacts. Immediately I knew there was somrthing amiss with my left contact. It hurt…and it hurt so much I could not get it out. I finally removed it to find only 3/4 of the lens came out, and the rest was still in my eye causing pain and drama. With the help of a friend I finally flushed out the errant piece. All this before leaving for my run. I plotted my course and got dressed. I opted to skip the gloves and wear a shirt and jacket with thumb holes. I also had a bout of laziness and skipped putting out water and took a carry bottle with me. I knew I had a bottle at mile 3, and a store to grab water around mile 8.
And… I was off. At mile three I was warmed up nicely, and it started drizzling a bit then stopped. Then at mile four it started to sleet a bit then it stopped then around mile five the blizzard started. It was thick , wet and blinding. I kep going convincing myself it would pass. Once I figured it was here to stay I started to appreciate the beauty. Snow covered roads and no tire tracks… Just the tracks I was leaving 🙂
About mile 8 I was wet and cold…my toes were wet and numb, fingers ceased to exist (or so I thought). 🙁
I rounded the corner at mile 10 and I was miserable. I could barely keep jogging. I wanted to finish…I knew this was my home stretch. I just kept going. Then at Mile 12 I could not do it anymore. I called for a pickup. I was frozen…I had the energy to go, but was waaaaaaaay too cold. I was picked up at 12.46 miles.
I still consider it a sucess.
NOW I NEED FOOD!!!
So part of my training has me doing self talk during runs. My self talk speech is
I am a Marathoner. I love to run. I feel strong when I complete a run, and anticipate my upcoming runs. I love to run up hills and I feel strong when I run. I am a marathoner.
So I have been logging some serious miles lately, and I actually have some really great running days. I have some days I hate every minute of the run, but these are coming less and less.
I have been struggling with an ongoing hip issue, but feel like it is finally getting a little better, but I am still going to see the sports orthopedist on Friday.
Last week I ran four times (4 miles, 6 Miles, 4 Miles, and 12 Miles). I rand the 12 miler with my marathon partner Katya, and it was nice to see that despite training in different states, we are both about the same pace.
This week I have four runs to do as well (4 Miles, 6 Miles, 4 Miles and 14 Miles), today started the week by doing my first 4 miler, and plan to do a 6 mile run tomorrow.
I also received an awesome shirt today too…it says:
The Race is my Ball,
My Running Shoes are my Glass Slippers,
The Finish Line is my Prince Charming,
and the Accomplishment is my Happily Ever After.
So I have begun taking this marathon more seriously. I went out to Fleet Feet in West Hartford, CT and spent some time with the owner Stephanie. She did a very through assessment of my feet, my gait and my running patterns to help me understanding the best shoes for me to run in. It was amazing to see the difference in the angle at which your feet hit the ground , and how it changes based on the shoes you are wearing. I highly recommended that if you are in CT that you visit them for a formal fitting.
So I have been pushing my run mileage up a bit….I think I may try to tackle a 5 miler very soon. I have been consistently doing 3- 3.6 on my runs, and even have done a few 4 mile runs. I feel like I need to push myself or I will stay at 3-4 miles forever. I know not to push too hard….never more than a 10% increase in weekly mileage.
I also posted my race times so far….I’m getting a little better each time. I have also discovered that music REALLY effect pace.