I have decided to take a break from running and cross-training altogether. After nearly two months of little running and a lot of cross-training–and seeing hardly any improvement in my hip, my coach and I decided to take a break from all forms of exercise.
This hip flexor pain started the last week of June any time I would bring my leg forward. It hurt all the time when I ran, and at its worst, it also bothered me when I walked. I took some time off, saw the PT, and wasn’t seeing too much improvement. I decided to run the Her Tern Half Marathon mid July, which I know set me back in my healing. After that I continued to cross-train every day on the elliptical, stair stepper, bike, arc trainer. . . .what ever I could do to keep myself from going crazy.
I would try to run once a week for 10 – 15 minutes to check if it had gotten better. However, after nearly 8 weeks of hardly any running, a lot of cross-training, seeing the PT, massage therapist, chiropractor, and trying to remedy the hip at home by stretching, icing, doing one exercise for it, and avoiding things that caused it to become aggravated, I was started to get really frustrated. We weren’t see much improvement, so my coach, Nichole, (along with my assistant coach. . . .a.k.a. my husband), and I decided to lay low and not to anything for about a month.
I haven’t got crazy so far, as I have been too preoccupied with taking care of a toddler all day, coaching, working at the store, and getting ready for my sister’s wedding next week. However, there are times when the running bug bites hard, and I want nothing more than to be back training.
I am mostly glad about this decision because I don’t enjoy cross-training. I did it to try and maintain as much cardio fitness as I could, but it was not something that left me feeling very satisfied after it was over. Plus, I am the queen of ‘creating work’ as my husband likes to say, so I have no problem staying occupied during the day. I sleep in (because Cullen has decided that his bedtime is now 11:00 p.m.); bake, cook, and make dinner nearly every night; go on hikes, walks, or visit parks with Cullen; and catch up on other random things.
In due time, I will be back out there pounding the pavement, but this is a good mental break for me as well. It has left me ‘wanting it’ more than every before, and I am determined to work harder and be the best I can be.