Yesterday, after an all-morning faculty meeting in Montpelier, I ran through Hubbard Park, a labyrinthian trail system in a wooded area near the capital building. I ran the burnt sienna trails, winding through sunlight dappled ferns, plush moss, and rich evergreen, shedding work with each stride. After about 15 minutes, the ups and downs of the trail roused the stubborn ache in my hip.
The hip issue peaked in October, when I was at a 5-day meeting in Cincinnati. Perhaps it was exacerbated by sitting under fluorescents for 9 hours a day and leaping onto the pavement to run straight after… One afternoon, I found a fabulous run–5.48 miles back and forth across the bridges between Kentucky and Ohio: 4 Bridges Run
In spite of the tall bridges with skinny walkways, the run was a blast. I decided on a redo on my final morning. About 3 miles into the run, the hip pain began to stab, and I had to stop and walk back to the hotel. Back in Maine, I went to my doc, who sent me to physical therapy. It appears that I have a stressed piriformis, though the pain is elusive–regularly shifting to connected muscles (psoas and adductor, in particular). I’m following pt orders: running short, easy runs with light, structural sneakers; cross training, including running in the pool; Kinesio tape; and doing leg and glut strength training. Casual advice has been filled with contradictions: taking a month off of running all together, running only on trails, running through the pain until it passes, running only in flats (don’t get me started on the those 5 toed “shoes”), and more. I’ve learned a lot about running through the process, and about my own path for growth as a runner, but at this point, I’m ready to run without the ache!
Do you have any wisdom to add?