I have my first serious running injury. There. I said it out loud. I have taken off of running or cross-trained for 24 total days since my foot/hip pain popped up on July 5th. I have never missed a run due to injury before this. Not quite the summer of training in the mountains that I had envisioned, but it has taught me patience and perseverance, that is for sure! (I actually think it has taught Matt patience in dealing with the non-running me…yikes!) But, I am not throwing in the towel, this will pass and will make me stronger and even more motivated to accomplish all of my running goals. Just a little hiccup.
I have been seeing Dr. Sherman at IronCare in Scottsdale and he was both shocked and amazed at how much scar tissue I have built up around my hip causing the illiopsoas to strain. He has been ARTing the heck out of my hip and low back which feels awesome, in a twisted, painful way. He is treating my foot as a soft tissue issue. I have not received x-rays or an MRI on it, but he doesn’t seem to think it’s a stress fracture. I see him tomorrow and I will be happy to report that my hip and foot are feeling near 100%! YAY!!! I am hoping to be cleared to try running again on Thursday. The light at the end of a dark margarita filled tunnel!
The margaritas from this place down the road from our cabin are big and delicious! Drowning injury sorrows one salt-rimmed glass at a time.
One of the most inspirational people I know, Susan Loken, has let me borrow her ElliptiGo and it is truly keeping me sane! The residents of Heber are sure getting a kick out of me! I am riding about 90 minutes a day and completing interval workouts on it as if I was running. I have also been doing lots of strength work, and hiking with the cutest little puppy on earth.
I have found this great routine I thought I would share as I know a lot of us runners have hip issues!
I have also been waddling around the house wearing these guys to ‘stretch and strengthen’ my toes. Leave no stone unturned.
We are headed to Phoenix tomorrow to doggie-sit for my In-laws for 10 days. I am definitely excited to go to YogurtLand and Jamba Juice. Crazy living for sure.
Oh, one more thing. Try this recipe, over rice. You will not be disappointed.
Next post I will share my Acai bowl recipe!