My Life as a Dog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Running Has Caught Up With Me

Notice how I haven't been posting much lately. Well it might have to do with this: I'm not running. I haven't been running for almost 2 months now with the exception of once about two weeks ago. You see, this is what has been going on....

Remember how I was training to run my first and only marathon? ( Well, I'm sad to report that just over half way into my marathon training I started having some hip pain. When I first experienced it was after my 2nd 16 mile run. I've been of the opinion that I need to not be a "baby" and to run through any pains that I have. This time I could tell it was different and decided that I would take some time off from my training schedule. After about a week my hip was feeling like I could resume my training. I ran 5 miles, went spinning, and then ran another 8 miles over the period of 3 days. The next morning my hip was back to hurting but this time it was more intense. For almost a week I was limping around because it hurt just to walk. About a week later I realized that I had started walking a few times without thinking about my hip pain. That week I went in to see an orthopedic surgeon that had diagnosed my Jumper's Knee years ago. He did an x-ray and some movement tests. He said that we should treat my hip as though I have a stress fracture. From the x-ray he couldn't identify the fracture but sometimes it requires a MRI which would cost me another $1500. So he said that he didn't think it was worth it since there is nothing they can do for it other than me not running. So I just need to rest it for 2 months. That put me out for the Ogden marathon since it was less than a month from the doctor office visit.

Fast forward to about 5 weeks after the doctor visit... I decided to try running again. I thought maybe the doctor was wrong and that I was going to be just fine. Plus I had Wasatch Back Ragnar that I was registered for June 21st. I needed to start getting in shape again or figure out that I was not going to be able to participate this time. I did a 3 mile run and felt pretty good. No sign of any problem. It wasn't until late into the night (or early morning) that I woke up from a horrible pain in my left hip. I was super bummed out because it was obvious that I was not going to be able to run on it in time to prepare for Ragnar. Big Sad Face! :( This year I was going for 5 Ragnar medals! But now I will definitely miss out on 2 of those. Oh well. It's life and I would rather not run and be able to walk. I will resume running sometime this summer and hope that all is well. After all I'm registered for Vegas Ragnar in November!