Blaming them for what, you might ask? I am pegging them for the reason I am experience soreness, tightness and/or pain in my left hip.
I am trying to remember when it began - whether it was after Wednesday's 7-miler or my 6 miles on Thursday - but I know that by that Thursday afternoon, I was grimacing as I walked through the office. It was more uncomfortable when I flexed the hip and abducted the leg, which helped me narrow it down. I didn't think it was the IT band, as I had that trouble before, and it was more medial. As in my tensor fascia latae.
Thank you, ACE studying. You are coming in handy for something.
I did some quick Googling and while many of the culprits weren't applicable (lack of resistance training, weak glutes), I had an "ah-ha" moment.
Extrinsic Factors/Causes of TFL-ITBS: Training errors (e.g. excessive mileage, sudden increase in mileage, sudden increase in intensity of training, too much hill work, running on crowned roads).I ate hills for breakfast, lunch and dinner during Hood to Coast, and my last leg had some pretty wicked road grades. The memory of running uphill with my left leg up higher than the right is fresh in my mind, and each time I wince I think of powering up the final incline.
Treatment, according to the article is ice, anti-inflammatories, activity modification (boo!), myofascial release (foam rolling) and stretching. I've been doing it all, sort of, and have had some relief. What's odd is that there's no rhyme or reason to when I feel good. I had hella pain Thursday but little to none after Saturday. I was a bit achy on Sunday but ran decent during a Monday half marathon (more on that to come). I walked around after the race just fine but limped after the 4-hour car ride.
This morning has been more of the same - feeling crappy at times and surprised when I feel good. I was wondering whether I'd ever run again when I got out of the car at the grocery and yet was mapping tomorrow's run as I walked around the office.
Of course, I'm still not sure if tomorrow's run will happen. I would probably tell everyone and their best running friend to take a day off but the Type A, "let's get in the miles" part of me doesn't want to lose ground on marathon training.
I know that to get through the training, though, I have to be healthy. And to that I'm committed 110 percent. I will weigh the situation mindfully) in the morning, and I have an appointment with the sports chiropractor on Thursday. She helped me get through Columbus Marathon, and I have faith she can help me now.
A lesson to all of you: Not everyone does the leap in mid-air gracefully and you don't have to use a photo in a post for the sake of using a photo.
Monday: 11-mile bike ride
Tuesday: Piloxing (taught) + Bodypump (taught)
Wednesday: 7.07 miles
Thursday: 6.41 miles + Rip (taught)
Saturday: 7.25 miles, pace
Sunday: Rest/Walking around Brookfield Zoo
Monday: Oak Brook Half Marathon
Please share any tips or stories. Or feel free to commiserate with me.