I talked about 4 reasons why I think I set myself up for my hip injury (read here). Another question I typically get is “What did you try? What worked and what didn’t work?”
What Didn’t Work
My primary care doctor told me to rest. Complete rest was not in my vocabulary but I tried it. I was in so much pain those days that I had to switch how I normally slept. I slept on my side and it hurt my hips too much so I trained myself to sleep on my back. I rested for a little over a month and it felt like it was tougher than running a marathon. Running had become such an integral part of my life and to cut it out felt devastating.
I had thoughts of how my life was terrible. Let’s be real–it was not that terrible–I was just being dramatic. I felt like a huge baby because I found myself crying some days. All I wanted to do was run. My body was so used to endorphins as a way of stress relief and a way to socialize. I couldn’t even get myself to go to running group hangouts (the ones that didn’t include running) because I would just feel sad whenever people talked about their running. The worst was hearing, “I went so slow today” and I was sitting there unable to even run at all. I wanted to run even if it was “slow”! I needed another solution because I was not happy.