Don’t get excited. It was only for one mile. And it didn’t end well.
Saturday I woke up with the least amount of discomfort I’ve had in my hip since before my last race on February 22, so I thought maybe… just MAYBE… things had improved. Just to be on the safe side, though, I didn’t want to bust out with a 3-, 4-, or 5-mile run, so I set the treadmill to a very slow pace and jogged for a mile. I did have some discomfort during the run, but I wouldn’t call it pain, really. When I finished, I stretched and foam-rolled for longer than it took me to run the mile. And I felt okay! Until I didn’t.
After a few hours everything was right back to where it was a couple of weeks ago. *insert frustrated tears here*
I didn’t take any anti-inflammatories Sunday because I knew I had my first PT appointment today and I didn’t want to mask anything. The Duexis really does a good job of dulling the pain, and I wanted her to get a clear picture of what hurt during her exam.
She did all the same “does this hurt?” stuff the chiropractor, the M.D., and the orthopedist did, and my answers were exactly the same for her as they have been for everyone else. She really feels like I’m on the right track but offered a couple of other suggestions. She told me to stretch (already doing it) and foam-roll (already doing that) and alternate ice and heat. I’ve used one or the other at various stages of the injury, but I haven’t tried alternating. She also recommended deep-tissue ultrasound therapy, which we started today. I can’t tell a difference after the one treatment, but I wouldn’t expect to. And her final recommendation… ACUPUNCTURE! This both excites and intimidates me a little bit. I haaaaaaaaaaaate needles, remember? But everyone says you can’t really feel the needles, so maybe it won’t be so bad as long as I don’t look at them. I have always been fascinated by the concept behind acupuncture, and honest to God, I’m willing to try just about anything at this point, so why the hell not? Let’s do this shit.
After talking with the therapist, I feel like her optimism kind of rubbed off. I’m feeling a little more hopeful now than I have in a while. DEFINITELY better than I felt Saturday night. I was seriously contemplating taking down my medal rack and hanging a picture in its place Saturday.
I’ve been thinking about something someone once said to me a lot lately. It was back several years ago when I was having IT band problems that I was afraid were going to stop me from reaching the start line of my first marathon that I was training for at the time. I thought was very assholish at the time. But now those words are giving me comfort (which was probably the guy’s intended sentiment anyway). “Worse things have happened to better athletes.” Damnit, he was right. If Olympians can come back from broken bones and multiple stress fractures and torn important parts, then surely to shit I can calm down a bitchy hip and get back to my comfortable level of mediocrity.