I had seen a sports doctor a year ago. He had told me that I had an overuse injury from marathon training and almost everything was inflamed around my hips. This made sense.
I looked back on my transition from my Half Ironman (HIM) training to Boston Marathon training and realized how much I wasn’t thinking with the increase in mileage. Maybe if my HIM training was intense I would have been okay, but it wasn’t. I was working overtime at work, participating in our work’s fashion show competition entry, helping with our Canstruction entry, and also trying to fit in two workouts a day. I was just setting myself up for failure.
I also knew it was just plain stupid to sprint the last mile of Boston Marathon in the 90 degree weather. I had taken it easy for the marathon because of the heat but decided to test myself on the last mile. Let’s just say sprinting at a 7:00 pace at the last mile of the marathon didn’t treat my body well. The sports doctor suggested exercising to build up strength but listen to my body when it hurt too much. I was still experiencing pain but felt confident with a doctor’s approval that it wasn’t making my hips worse. I biked, took barre and yoga classes and boot camps. My hips still hurt but I dealt with it.
I had my surgery in July which took me out of commission for a good month or so. The surgery involved an incision through my stomach about half a foot long, right through my core. Since I couldn’t do much while I was recovering from surgery, I figured I might as well try to take my Professional Engineering (PE) exam. I would wake up early and start studying at 6am. I would all day and then study after work until 8 or so. On weekends I would study both days. What am I getting at? I was sitting most of my life for the past 5 months which really put a toll on my body and mind.
I recently had a physical and mentioned to my doctor that my hips have still been bothering me. It has been over 2 years now and it is only normal for me to have hip pain every day. My doctor referred me to a different specialist who I had visited this week. The doctor checked me out and said that she doesn’t think there is anything too serious.
After going through some of the doctor’s exercises and demonstrating tree pose, the doctor said that my hip strength is really unbalanced. I need to not only rebalance the strength in my hips but my core is really the key. Building up the core strength will help alleviate the strain being put on my hips and allow them to heal and work better. Dave immediately heard this and thought it was blasphemy because he thinks that prior to my initial onset of my hips and after that I was good about working my core. As much as I appreciate the compliment from Dave, I know that my body definitely could have used some help in my the core strength area. Even though I have been taking classes, I didn’t have the instructor’s whole hearted attention. My body could have been going rogue and be in a bad position. Maybe I wasn’t engaging the right muscles.
Even though the new doctor didn’t think there was anything serious, she sent me to get a MRI. The pain has been present for 2 years so she wanted to make sure we covered all our bases. I kind of giggled a little when getting ready for the MRI because I felt like I was getting ready for barre class with the sticky socks and the fancy locker that is the same that is at Equinox!
In addition to the MRI, the doctor also gave me a referral for a physical therapist (PT) at MGH. They said they have some really great sports PTs that can really help to strengthen all areas that need to be instead of just focus on my hips as others might have done for me in the past.
I’m really anxious to get started. I would absolutely love to be back to long distance running and run Chicago Marathon 2014. I think that I will have to push my goal but a girl can dream, right?