I (Jen) have been putting off writing this post for about a week now, probably because I’ve been trying not to think about it. I haven’t been able to run in nearly three weeks, and have had to defer the Chicago Marathon to 2017.
Lets back up a bit.
A few days before we left for Michigan my hips were sore, but that isn’t out of the ordinary for me. My hips get cranky frequently. I figured they just needed some extra stretching or foam rolling and I’d be good to go. Here’s how the next few days progressed
Saturday: Three miles on the schedule. I had woken up still feeling stiff and sore from being in the car for 18 hours, so I took it really easy. My right hip felt tight, but not overly uncomfortable
Sunday: 16 miles on the schedule, completed 15. My hips were both still really stiff so I was making a lot of stops to stretch and still taking it slowly. By the end of the run it was starting to get pretty uncomfortable but I didn’t really think much of it. I had run out of town and had Travis pick me up when I was finished and I remember him telling me just to stretch it really well and relax.
Monday: Rest day, lots of stretching but my right hip was really sore. We didn’t bring our foam roller along so I made do with a lacrosse ball that my brother had to try to get things loosened up.
Tuesday: Was planning on three easy miles, couldn’t make it through one. Every time I was landing and pushing off with my right leg I was getting pain all through my hip, and everything was seizing up (the feeling was like when you get a foot cramp). After talking to my coach we decided that a few days rest were in order.
Over the next few days the pain wasn’t letting up and I was feeling it while I was walking as well. All of the surrounding muscles were really tight and the joint of my hip was very tender. I got a massage and saw a chiropractor- the only things I could really do at that point being 18 hours away from home. My SI joint was really out of alignment and I was hoping that after an adjustment I would start to feel better, but no such luck.
I put in a call to my primary doctor, knowing that I would need a referral to see a PT. They weren’t able to get me an appointment for six weeks and were not willing to write a referral without physically seeing me. There wasn’t much I could do from Michigan so I would have to wait until we got home to try to figure out getting a PT referral. I called a ton of different doctors locally and nobody was able to get me into their schedule.
Once we were home I tested out my hip with a very short run to see if the several days off had helped. It hadn’t. I was also getting pain from just walking around the house doing normal activities and would end up limping by the days end.
Still not able to get an appointment, I called a friend of ours that is a physical therapist and she was willing to see me to take a look and give a general recommendation on what I could do. After checking the range of motion and doing several other tests with me she informed me that she was almost certain that I had a labral tear but I would need to follow up with orthopedic and have some imaging done to confirm it. Definitely not the news I wanted to hear.
After a lot of thinking and a few tears I decided that it was time to back out of the upcoming races- both Ragnar Adirondacks and Chicago.
A few days later I was in a lot of pain and decided to make a trip to urgent care. Within minutes of being there I had a referral to an orthopedic surgeon and an appointment for ten days later.
I still don’t have any concrete answers, and I’m not expecting them to come quickly. My appointment with the surgeon’s PA is on Monday, and I’ll still have to schedule any imaging after that.
To say that I’m not extremely disappointed about missing both of the races would be a lie. I gave myself a day to be angry about it and am now doing my best to shake it off. The only thing I can focus on now is rehabbing my hip so that I can get back to running again as soon as possible.In the meantime, I’m doing what I can in terms of exercising and going a little stir crazy in the process (there’s been a lot of crochet happening around here). My PT friend recommended not doing a ton until I saw ortho, so I’m trying to follow orders and keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t need surgery.
I also have to take into consideration how well the training was going before this all started, and I can be happy with what I had accomplished up to this point. I’m looking forward to coming back stronger than before.
I’m still looking forward to heading back to Chicago to cheer on Travis while he runs and am thinking about what other races I’d like to do next year.
Phew. That ended up being a lot longer than I planned. Kudos to you if you made it to the end!