You know that old song...
The toe bone connected to the heel bone,
The heel bone connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone...
Yeah I might be losing my mind a little. Give me a break I've been laying on a heating pad for an hour, I might have feverish hallucinations...
Anyway my running has been crap this week. I didn't stretch well enough before my 16 miler last Thursday and had some hip pain afterward. No big deal I thought... it'll go away. I ran a 4 miler on Saturday (really fast for my pace!) and had more hip pain afterward. No problem I thought, it'll go away. Unfortunately it didn't. I ran 3 miles on Monday trying to "loosen it up" and just made it so I was limping when I was just walking... not good.
Tuesday and Wednesday I rested figuring 2 days rest can cure anything. It didn't. Still limping when I'm walking. I made an appointment with my training group coach (who happens to be a sports masseuse) to see what she thought about it. Thursday morning (before my appointment) I ran (gimpily) 6 miles. Why did I run 6 miles? I don't know, maybe so I could make the pain excruciating so I could tell her EXACTLY WITHOUT A DOUBT where it hurt. Who knows...
When I finally got to the appointment she took one feel of my muscles and told me (surprise!) it WASN'T my IT band OR my hips that were the issue. That amused me. Those were the two things I was focusing on stretching figuring the pain either came from tight hips or a tight IT band pulling on the hips.
She asked me to lie on my stomach and poked around my back (which I thought was weird) and then all of a sudden she pokes a certain spot and OH MY GOD!!! PAIN IN MY HIP!!!
I say.... "OH MY GOD THAT'S THE PAIN!"
She says.... "yep that's what I figured"
me: "really?? why would you figure that?"
she: "when your lower back is really tight it pulls your pelvis up into a tilted position when you run which puts strain on your hips which then pulls on your IT band, let me guess, you're having IT band problems too?"
she: "do you stretch your lower back?"
me: "you can stretch your lower back??"
me: "oh... well no then I've never stretched that before..."
she: "okay well then, this should be an easy fix for you, that's the good news!"
She then showed me some lower back stretches and recommended I get a heating pad to lie on before I do the stretches and at other random times to loosen up the muscles back there.
Results?: I'm already walking without pain today! I have a long run tomorrow so we'll see how that goes but I've been given the green light to run (as long as I'm not limping).
Yipeeeee! I will no longer look like THIS when I run!