So, I have this hip thing. For as long as I can remember, my left hip has popped here and there. In the past few years it's become more frequent and has started to need to be popped, rather than just up and doing it. It's worse if I wear heels all day, sit for very long on a hard chair, or run a lot of hills.
These days, I sit on a hard chair all day at work and pretty much everything we run involves a lot of hills. Last week, it was so bad that I ran here on Tuesday instead of going to practice because it's flatter over here and on Thursday, I didn't run at all. The internet and I diagnosed me with SI joint disfunction. This sounded reasonable to Dr. Raj, who told me I basically had two options. Inflammation, he said, is the body's half-assed attempt to repair a problem. I could take ibuprofen every four hours for a few days to get rid of the inflammation. I'd feel better, but the problem would still be there. Or I could stress it to get it really inflamed in hopes that my body would then actually be able to repair itself.
I decided to go with the I'll GIVE You Something to be Inflamed About plan by doing my eight mile run on Saturday. It was mostly the same very hilly course we'd used for the nine mile run that had gone very poorly for me two weeks prior. So I was concerned. But for no reason, it turned out. I was able to run the whole eight with another woman from my group, who pushes me a little bit faster than I'd go on my own. We averaged 10:46 minute miles despite all of the hills and my hip and back felt fine the whole time. So much so that I wondered whether I'd stressed it enough to cause more inflammation.
Yeah, I should not have worried about that. It's been good and painful since about an hour after I got home, which hopefully means I'm on the road to healing. Raj and the internet both tell me that I need to strengthen the muscles around it, strengthen my core, and stretch more and better. So I'm getting back on the yoga wagon. I'd stopped because I don't like the class at my gym and also because there's no time for it in our training schedule. Sunday, I skipped my recovery run, took my yoga mat out on our dock and did my best to recreate a yoga class led by my instructor in Silver Spring, who was great. Fortunately, the class was fairly repetitive, so it wasn't very difficult to remember what to do. Mondays are rest days, so my now-sore muscles will have a chance to recover.
In other news: RUNNING SKIRTS. Where have you been all my life? It's something I've been curious about for a while, but never willing to spend the money to investigate. But then I saw them at Target and they were cheap, so I threw one in my basket. Because my running shorts are always riding up and I'm always tugging them down, which makes my already wacky gait even worse. The skirts have little spandex shorts underneath, which do immediately roll right up (on me - your results may vary). But nobody can see that and through the magic of Body Glide, it doesn't matter. I'm now officially a convert. At least until it becomes running capri season again.
I also finally bought an armband for my phone, which allows me to use the Map My Run app to track my distance, time, and splits. I got the idea from San Antonio Holly to listen to Pandora on my phone while running and learned from Pinterest that they now have work out stations on Pandora. So far I've tried the Pop and Hip Hop Work Out station and I've got 80s Cardio and Pop Fitness added to my stations, ready to try on my next solo run.
This weekend, we have our first double-digit run. We'll do our normal seven mile route, then run the Seafood Festival 5k, which I guess will keep things more interesting than a straight up ten mile run. And when we finish, maybe they'll give us shrimp?