Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Quick Ouch & new

I just signed up for the Tour de Peach this month. It's Sept 26th, I'm taking the 60 mile option. It will be my first time touring this part of the upstate, first time covering 60 miles. It's mostly rolling countryside so I'm not stressed about it, this will be a fun one. It's a great chance to push the muscular endurance, speed and leg strength. Coach Katie approved this one. I'm really getting excited! Looks like fun.

Last night I hit the gym for speedwork. I was so looking forward to it. Did half mile intervals, and the first one went ok, but not great. Then the second one my right hip started really giving a sharp pain. The third one I slowed the speed down a little, but that hip pain sharpened up. so I walked it out some and called the run short at only 3.1 miles. It feels like some kind of tendon at the front part of the right hip joint.

The part that worries me is that it's gotten incredibly worse today. Just walking around the house is quite painful. Advil doesn't do it, so I don't think it's an inflamation. I'm betting it's an imbalance somewhere in my back. Some muscle has gotten stronger than it's counterpart back there, and it might take a trip to the chiro and some core ab/lower back strength moves to get that hip feeling right again.

The strange thing is it only hurts when walking/running. I did 1:15 on the bike trainer this morning and felt great. No hip problem at all on the bike. The plan is to ice/heat the hip today, hit the bike (on the trainer) again tomorrow morning and try running again tomorrow night for a slow tempo run. You guys got any ideas what that could be? The shoes last night only have 133 miles on them.

15 comments:

Alisa said...

Weird? I get hip pain sometimes but usually only from long runs of 13 or more. I think you were smart to call it and stop when you did.

Way to go on the Tour de Peach! 60 miles---wow!

Wes said...

Undoubtedly your ITB is acting up. Mine always flared up when I first started "tri-ing" from riding my bike. Take good care of it and nip it in the bud!!!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Welcome to my world of mystery aches! Pain in the @$$! Or, in my case, the knee.

I'm hoping it clears up with some rest, ice, heat, elevation ... the usual garbage.

Best I got to offer.

Hey, if dudes start coming over here and bending over in front of you, you have me to thank for it.

You're welcome.

joyRuN said...

I've given up on trying to pinpoint the cause of various aches & pains - I suck at it, so I let my chiro do the diagnosing for me.

Hip issues was what sent me to this chiro to begin with.

Good luck!

Runner Tammy said...

I've got no advice and while I seem to have mysterous pains now and again, I give myself a few days (or even a week or so off) and they seem to resolve themselves and go away.

Having started running to come back from a car accident I will suggest a good physical therapist can teach you all sorts of strengthening exercises that would probably help.

Good luck!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

if you have a chiro that you trust, i'd see him...

TinaGirl said...

if you can find a chiro with Active Release Therapy for sports medicine in your area. Generally they find where the source of the pain is and adress it with special stretches and massage and many times it's not actually where it hurts but it makes you feel oh so much better when its fixed. ART therapy is the bomb and many runners flock to our local guy.

B.o.B. said...

Hm. I don't know much about hip pain. Make sure you are R.I.C.E.-ing it. Google that if you don't know about it. Hope it's better soon!

Jess said...

Sorry to hear you're hurting. It might be your IT band, but where you describe the hurt sounds like hip flexor pain.

Jess said...

Hmmm new pains are never good news. Hope you can get that treated or to calm down soon!

Sarah said...

yay! long ride sounds fabulous. everything seems to be that weekend or I'd consider coming to ride!

Havs said...

Someone else mentioned chiropractic, I did try this when I was rehabbing my back following surgery at L5 S1 (times two). The neurosurgeon I used said try the chiro along with PT, and this got me back on my feet fast.

Maybe a little rest and off days will help too?

Hope it gets better soon!!

Missy said...

Hell if I know, my neck is killing me - I'm thinking chiro + massage to get me right? Might work for you too.

The ride sounds fun. I'm doing one this weekend! Woohoo.

Rural Girl said...

I've given up trying to microdiagnose every pain. The tactic and mantra of 'if it hurts don't do it' typically has worked for me. I do, though, try to pay attention to my body and get on that plan at the first inkling of pain. It's worked ok, so far.

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear about the hip pain.
That Tour de Peach looks awesome, enjoy!