You may have noted my reference to some hip pain in the last few months. You may have seen a drop in my mileage via DailyMile last month. But, after 6 weeks of time off to let my hip heal, I’m making my way back.
It’s never easy to admit that you have an injury. And given the fact that I’ve been running for over 20 years, I feel fortunate to say that I can count on one hand the number of injuries I’ve had in that time. But, when you feel that nagging ache that just doesn’t seem to go away, you have to re-evaluate. In considering my next 20 years of running, I had to take care of me now. I think it’s worth it to sacrifice a few weeks off now to ensure that I can run for many more years to come.
I know I pushed my body a little too much this past summer. I ran those back-to-back races. Two races that weren’t exactly easy. And even though I was only in a little bit of pain at that point, the doubles put me over the edge. I tried to just cut back in July, do a lot of hip conditioning, and stick to trails, but by the end of July, I knew I had to take more drastic measures.
August probably ended up being the best month to take off, as I was starting the school year again with my 3rd graders, moving houses, and adjusting to a longer commute. Honestly, there wouldn’t have been a ton of run-time anyway. At least I didn’t have the pressure of training or maintaining during those weeks.
But now, I’ve been taking the past month to slowly ease back into it. I’d rather take it easy and not re-injure myself. I’ve been incorporating so much extra body work before and after running. I continue with hip conditioning, foam rolling, tennis balling, and stretching. It seems like I spend more time preparing and doing post-run exercises than the actual run!
Overall, those 6 weeks I took off had me really thinking about running injuries; specifically in relation to the 7 stages of grief! I’ll post on that later.
I will tell you, it just feels good to run!