I changed a lot of things when I started running again after my last injury. I altered my running form, I made sure I stuck to the 5% rule – a more conservative version of the 10% rule (never increase milage by more than 10% per week), and I started incorporating a lot of cross-training into my routine. I was swimming one day per week and doing yoga one day per week. I was determined not to get injured again. So where did I go wrong? Just goes to show that overuse injuries can happen regardless of cross-training.
About two weeks ago I started experiencing some pain in my hip. It got bad enough to sideline me from running for a while until I could get home to see an orthopedic doctor. I had convinced myself I had a stress fracture and was prepared for the worst. It turns out, however, that the doctor believes it is simply some serious inflammation of my hip muscle. My x-ray came back normal and he said it didn’t sound quite like a stress fracture. So he gave me an Rx for some anti-inflammatory medicine and said not to resume running until I am asymptomatic for 2 months.
While I am bummed that I have to take some time off from running, I am surprisingly okay this time. I think partly because I was convinced that I was going to walk out of the doctor’s office with crutches and a diagnosis of a fracture, this seems minor. Also, I actually enjoy swimming now and don’t dread going to the pool. I also have a Groupon for a bike tune-up from my local bike shop, so I’m going to take my bike in and start biking again. It’s been a long time and I really think I will enjoy it. And lastly, I’ve recently decided to undergo a major lifestyle change and put my energy into going paleo. I’m not sure that this decision would have come about without my being sidelined from running and I am excited to undergo this personal experiment – more coming on that next week.