After a lot of thinking and tons of research, I have come to a very very difficult conclusion.
I will be postponing my Marine Corps Marathon registration.
Why Did I Decide to Put One of My Biggest Goals/Dreams on Hold?
Plain and simple…my hip. I know that my training has been lackluster for the pass few weeks. I have realized that it has been because the pain in my right hip has been building up. My pace was slow because my body was accommodating for my weak hip. I couldn’t get my high mileage because of my sore hip. My body was warning me to slow down.
My body was saying, “Hey dumbass stop! You are going to hurt yourself worse than you already feel!”
So I stopped and started to look for answers. Why was I, a healthy and active 29 year old, suffering from the same pain her 83 year old grandmother had?
I went to the Runners World Big Book and started to read again. This time I wasn’t looking for tips… I was looking for answers. What I found helped me make the very difficult decision.
On page 183, the Big Book of Marathon Training discusses when an injury is important enough to see a doctor. “People wait too long to come to the doctor. By the time they come into the office they’re just so broken, and their training has already be negatively affected.”
So what are the signs to go see a physical therapist?
1) The pain is asymmetrical – pain is only on one side of the body — CHECK (only right hip)
2) Your pain persists for more than 72 hours — CHECK (I have taken time off from running and my hip still hurts)
3) Your pain hurts when you’re not running — CHECK (My hip hurts when I wake-up or when I breath)
4) Your pain is sharp and limited to one small spot — 1/2 CHECK (My hip pain is dull and only in a spot below my waist)
5) Your pain is getting worse — KINDA CHECK (the hip pain is just staying the same)
So after reading the Big Book of Marathon Training suggestions, this Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said no more monkeys jumping on the bed.
Okay…okay… that’s not what he said. After an exam and some running tests the verdict was….. A WEAK RIGHT HIP MUSCLE. Apparently, my right hip muscle is so much weaker than my left that my left has had to accommodate.
I am sorry left hip, someone has to pick up the slack!
My pace is slow because my right foot is staying on the ground longer than it should. Plus my right hip dips down lower than the left, leaving my hips uneven instead of square.
What is the Recovery Process?
Hip strengthening exercises and lower miles.
Bring on the lunges baby!
I am going to be focusing a lot on yoga and stretching. I am also going to be doing a lot of hip and core workouts.
The Big Book of Marathon Training says somewhat the same thing as my PT. I will be dropping mileage down to 50 percent for a few weeks and running slower (4%) and then begin rebuilding.
What does the Future Hold?
The greatest piece of advice from The Big Book of Marathon Training was to consider readjusting race goals and that is exactly what I am doing.
I had other races on schedule. Those are going to stay on schedule.
The next race is The Runners World Half Marathon (October 21).
I am going to drop down to the beginner Half Marathon plan by Runners World in the Big Book (page 260) and I am going to start with week 4. I am hoping that by dropping my miles and focusing on strength training I will be able to rock my race.
Keep your fingers crossed that this shall pass. I don’t want to give-up on my race season. It’s hurts to post this, because once it’s up it’s real. It means I am waving the white surrender flag. My goal was so close and within reach of being achieved, but then quickly taken away. SIGH, it’s always something. And this too shall pass.