|Missing: Me as a "Runner"|
Another blogger, Eat on the Run, is going through a very similar situation to mine and having the same exact feelings. It's nice to know that I am not alone. You can read her story here.
Some background: I've run a total of four times since mid-march when I completed my full marathon. I experienced ZERO pain during the marathon and experience the normal day after soreness. I felt pretty good the week after and wanted to run but gave myself a full week off and went for a run that following Sunday, a pretty easy 4 miles- gorgeous day and good spirits. I went for a run a few days later and was having a lot of pain in my thigh and stopped after a mile. I decided to allow myself to rest, though I did have the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler coming up in two weeks so I rested my legs completely with no running, only cross training, until race day. Race day went great! PR- felt good running. After race, took metro home and that 20 mins of sitting caused my quad to "seize up" and walking off the metro was very painful and difficult. Again, I decided to rest it with no running until my next race three weeks later, Nike Women's Half Marathon. I made one exception and did a "Run for Boston" a few days before the half. I wouldn't even call it a run though...I could only make it about a third of a mile each time before it hurt too much and I would walk it off. I really hobbled through it. In my mind, I had no idea how I was going to run a half marathon that upcoming weekend but since it was the most I had ever paid for a race, my cousin was traveling here specifically to run it as her first and the Tiffany necklace at the finish- I knew I had to do it even if I was going to crawl!
Race day was painful! I've never had so much pain in a race! I stopped at two medical tents a long course and after mile 4, took a walk break every mile to subside the pain. The pain was in my hip and down my quad. I stopped a few times to do some hip openers as well. I somehow still pulled out a sub 2:00 (also while being diagnosed with strep that week too!). Not the 1:45 I had hoped for pre-injury, but not terrible.
After this experience, I decided I needed to go see a doctor at MOST. Doctor ordered no running (which I was essentially doing for the last six weeks anyway minus the two races) and an MRI of my femur for potential stress fracture. MRI came back negative, but the doctor said she wished it showed my hip- just in case there is a stress fracture and that is located. She suggested to do PT 3x a week and perhaps a hip MRI depending on how it all progresses. Reading symptoms online, I do have some of the symptoms of a hip stress fracture such as the hop test: can't hop in that leg without pain. We will see how it plays out. Meanwhile, I continue my no running (which is SO hard!) and continue my non-impact activities of biking, swimming and strength training. It's tough as well because I teach a class at the gym called "Extreme Fit" burpees, jacks, jump rope, etc. and I can't do any of it with my class. I have been reduced to a coaching role only :-(
Strength training at physical therapy: