Occasionally I suffer from pain in the outer socket of my left hip when I run. It doesn't happen all the time, and there doesn't seem to be any apparent cause for it. At first I thought that it happened because I let my stride get too long when I was trying to run faster or when I was getting tired. But then I started using the Chi Running Technique and have shortened my stride considerably and I still occasionally get that hip pain.
It comes without warning, and when it strikes it is miserable. And nothing I do while I am running helps. The only way to stop it is to quit running. If I take a walk break it stops, but starts up if Ibegin to run again. It is no fun and impossible to ignore. It doesn't seem to be delibilitating, just painful. I can keep running, it just hurts... a lot.
And it doesn't seem to happen at any particular distance either.
During my half marathon training, I had hip pain when I did a five mile run, and then not again for several weeks. No pain at 8 miles, 9 miles 10 miles, or even 11 miles... and then severe pain again at the 5 mile point during an 8 mile run.
That particular day, after I got out of my epsom salts soak in the tub, I was really wishing I had some Tommie Copper compression shorts to wiggle into... and Someone was smiling on me because they arrived in the mail the next day... along with a new pair of olive green calf sleeves. Hallelujah! I was thrilled and so grateful to Jordan at Tommie Copper yet one more time.
I took the shorts out of the package and put them on immediately... and I wore them for most of the next 2 weeks leading up to my half marathon. I handwashed them, let them air dry, and then put them back on... over and over and over again.
I wore them during the day under jeans and under tights; I wore them to sleep in. And I wore them while I ran. They fit so well and are so soft and so comfortable, that I never felt like I just had to take them off... anything but.
I did not wear them to run my half marathon... but you better believe I was wearing them when I finally crawled into bed that night. During my 13.1 mile run, I never experienced any hip pain, not for a second. I did end up with leg cramps from dehydration and salt depletion, but not a lick of hip pain or cramping in my quads or hamstrings. And that race finish was extremely difficult for me. But I was so thankful to be pain-free for the entire time I was running.
I am a true believer of the healing properties of these Tommie Copper compression garments. I can certainly attest to the theraupeutic benefits they provide.
Here is what the company has to say about their compression shorts
Tommie Copper compression shorts are ergonomically designed to relieve pain and enhance comfort in the lower torso and upper thighs. Tommie Copper’s Therapeutic Copper Compression provides unmatched comfort and wearability while providing the ultimate in therapeutic pain relief.
I love my Tommie Copper compression shorts.
They fit me like they were made for me....
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