This week was the game changer.
After running for nearly a month with some sort of pain, my hip decided to get with the program. There was no nagging, no irritation, no tightness. I wasn't hobbling after a run or worrying that if I didn't stretch for 20 minutes that I was going to regret it an hour later. While still feeling decidedly out of shape, I hit some higher mid-week mileage and sub-9 miles. I'm feeling the urge (but resisting) to add some intensity and tackle my training plan as is.
It's a wonderful feeling and a relieving one, as well. I'm incredibly grateful that I wasn't sidelined long and have been able to run throughout this process.
Of course, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. My physical therapist is happy with my progress but there's still some things to work on. My glutes still aren't firing the way they should, and I have some mobility + strength issues to work on in my gluteus medius and hamstrings. She's switched up my exercises to hopefully improve the situation and recommended that I take a yoga class on my rest days.
If only I could a prescription for that!
The week, in training:
Tuesday: Piloxing + Ripped (taught both)
Wednesday: 7.85-mile run + 4-mile bike ride
Thursday: 5.13-mile run + Ripped (taught)
Saturday: Fort4Fitness half
Sunday: 5-mile run