I ran my first marathon in 2009 and ran 4 more marathons after that. I was doing really well and consistently getting PRs until my hip overuse injury in 2012. After three years, I’m finally making a comeback. People who also have hip pain often ask me how and what my pain was/is like, what caused it and how I am overcoming it.
I attribute my injury to being a stubborn runner. That doesn’t really help others see if their issues are similar, so here is why I think it is because I was stubborn…
No Running Base
Before my last marathon, I signed up for the Pumpkinman half Ironman. My training was not my best. It was probably the busiest I had been at work and also outside of work. I had participated in many other events outside of work and really spread myself thin. It was the only race I had thought I would stop training for because I was extremely grumpy and burnt out. It was also the only race that I wanted to stop in the middle of. However, I survived the race.
After Pumpkinman, I had Boston Marathon 2012 up next. I went into training as if I had my strong running base that I had for all other marathons I had raced. The thing was…I didn’t have that running base. I was running maybe 2-3 days a week (if even that!) during Pumpkinman training and they weren’t quality runs. I wasn’t eating healthy, I wasn’t getting enough sleep and my body really just needed a break. I was setting myself up for disaster expecting to go the mileage and pace that I had in previous marathon training plans.