Hip Pain from Running
I am training for the upcoming half-marathon in Calgary and recently have been experiencing some discomfort in my left hip joint. It’s likely because I went too far too soon. I did a 14 km run a weekend ago (jumping a few weeks ahead of my training plan) thinking I was ready, obviously my body wasn’t. Word to the wise – follow your training plan.
While hip pain isn’t new to me, this particular pain is different so I’ve decided to do something about it.
I did a quick Google search and have come up with a couple of strengthening activities. Check out the post here. I hate resistance bands with a passion, but I’m willing to give it a try if it will help my hip pain (or injury) to recover more quickly.
I’m also going to get back to yoga and regular massage. A large majority of us have benefits (myself included) that cover massage if prescribed by a physician and yet, we don’t utilize those benefits. I’m changing that this week and booking my first appointment in almost a year.
It’s hard to remember to take care of yourself when you’re already taking the necessary time to squeeze in the run. Self-care is an ongoing and often time-consuming process that a large majority of us push aside. Perhaps we feel selfish for taking any more time for our health. Perhaps time is the primary issue. Perhaps we don’t see a need for further self care (on top of exercising). Perhaps we simply aren’t aware of the added benefit of taking the extra time to stretch, get a massage, have a bath, drink water, sleep well, eat more fruits and veggies, reduce sugar intake, go to yoga, do strengthening exercises.
If you are currently training for some event and feeling the pang of an injury, take it easy. Do some research to determine the severity of the injury and then, if necessary, make an appointment with your doc. During that period, be sure to engage in some self-care. The benefits of taking care of your body, on top of exercising and eating well, will help you to feel better and, in turn, help you to become faster and stronger for whatever exercise goal you want to accomplish. Trust me.