So, I think I may have injured myself. Nothing fantastic like falling down a flight of stairs or chopping a finger off. I think the injury occurred because I’ve been carrying my now 25-pound toddler on my left side for 20 months. The gradual increase in her weight, plus my stupid inability to simply switch sides, has taken its toll on my body, specifically my right hip. I noticed something was off a couple of months ago, you know that pain that isn’t terrible, but is just there constantly. It starts out as a feeling, not pain necessarily but just feeling that part of your body that you don’t normally feel. Now it has turned into can’t sleep at night because, YES, this is pain you are feeling. GRRRR, I hate it when my body doesn’t cooperate.
I have been running on the rogue hip, but I realized I have been avoiding signing up for any races this summer/fall and I think that might be why. My body knew that I couldn’t handle it, even if my mind wasn’t in sync yet. I’m taking a running break right now and I’ve decided to try to strengthen my hip on my own by doing daily hip strengthening exercises I found on Runner’s World, via Reed Ferber, Ph. D., director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic. Now I know I sound a little like a whackadoo when I say stuff like this. I get it, trying to fix it yourself is not always the best plan. The advice Dr. Ferber gives says to try the exercises for two weeks and if you are still in pain, then call your doctor because strengthening isn’t going to solve your specific problem. So two weeks, and then I call the orthopedist. Wish me luck, one week down and I really hope this works and fixes me. I’m also doing a 21-day yoga challenge, which today’s challenge was hip openers so I switched that out for a core strengthening which avoided that area completely. YAY!