It’s been over a week since I updated about running. Things were going well. I was shaving a few seconds off my full 5k time here and there; my best time was 35:45 for 3.11 miles. Not too shabby.
Today, though, my stupid hip started hurting half way through my run. It was so bad that I couldn’t pep talk my way through it. I had to stop. It makes me feel awful and lazy, but my health comes first.
For those who don’t know, I’m prone to arthritis-like inflammation in my left hip. I haven’t had issues with it in a while, but lately it’s been bothering me off and on. I have no doubt that it’s from all the running I do, but I think it’s extra bad now for a few different reasons.
First, I’ve been doing a TON of driving the past few days. I usually drive our truck, but since I was going long distances, I took the car. I’m short and have to sit in a weird slouchy position to reach the pedals. This bothers my hip, a lot, especially when I’m in the car for 3+ hours a day.
Second, I’ve been sleeping on that side lately. I keep trying to sleep on my right side, but I roll over during the night. My mattress is hard and very, very uncomfortable. My wonderful husband loves a firm mattress. Blah.
Finally, I’ve been pretty lax with my warmup/cooldown/stretching lately. I need to start doing it religiously everyday. I have stretches my doctor suggested that I am supposed to do three times a day. I only do them like once, if I remember.
As you can see, it’s really my own fault that my hip hurts so bad. I have a game plan, though. I’ve worked too hard to have to give up running. I enjoy it too much, and it makes me happy. I can’t let this hip pain be the end of it! So, here are a few things that I think will help:
1. Be crazy strict about my stretching, warmups, and cooldowns. These only take a few minutes; there’s no reason for me to be skipping them.
2. Keep trying to sleep on my right side, but get an egg crate or something to fold up and put under my hip for padding.
3. Start running on the trail. I usually run in town because it’s convenient. I’m not too lazy to run 3.11 miles, but I’m too lazy to drive the 10 minutes to the trail to run, ha! Running on pavement is definitely harder on my joints than the trail. I figure, if I do at least 2 out of my 3 weekly runs on the trail, it will help my pain a lot.
4. Drive the truck as much as possible and don’t make any crazy road trips for a while. Well, at least don’t drive on any crazy road trips, being a passenger is fine.
And… that’s all I got right now. I’m also going to give in and take my stupid NSAID. It makes me stupidly sleepy and oddly zombie-like. I don’t mean ‘your face looks tasty’ zombie. More like ‘I have no control over the movement of my limbs’ zombie.
I know I have some runner follwers. Anyone have any tips to share? Suggestions? Really good kinetic stretches for warming up? I’d appreciate anything! Thanks!
I had planned on making a whole ‘weekend update’ post, but this seemed more important. That will come tomorrow, I guess, since this is already my second post for the day. Besides, that gives me time to edit photos.