Friday, September 2, 2016

The Best 5.5 Miles

If you're not a runner or don't care about running, feel free to skip this post.

Me after tonight’s run. Hey, did you know it gets dark at 8pm these days? I didn’t.

I haven't told you how bad it had gotten.

I think I told you that I was having a lot of hip pain and I was going to a physical therapist and an orthopod, but I didn't tell you how much it hurt or how depressed I was about it or how I was worried that I was never going to run again.

I've had to defer a race until next year. I had to switch my upcoming 20-mile race to the 10-mile option. I was starting to worry about whether I'd be able to run any of the races I'd registered for this fall.

I've barely run for such a long time. I could practically feel my fitness draining away.

I had two cortisone shots a week apart and I didn't run at all for many days, as instructed. I even waited a couple of extra days before running because I was scared that I would try and not be able to. See, even after the shots and even with complete rest, it still hurt just walking around. It's not even that I cared about the pain—except when I was running.

I finally went out this past Monday. The hip didn't really hurt, but it was weak. And Running was really tiring. I just did a couple of miles and those were run/walk intervals. I was trying to be smart, so I took a day off, then did a slightly longer interval run on Wednesday. Same deal with the hip.

Both of those runs were haaaard. I don't know if it was that I was out of practice or that my hip was weak or that it was ninety fucking degrees, but I was discouraged. I knew that I could get back, but I figured that it would take a really long time. I started to worry that I'd be doing three-mile runs for months.

I rested another day and today I went on a longer run. I was trying to decide if I could run my ten-mile race in two weeks or if I should defer that one too. I figured if I could run five or six miles after being out of practice then I could get to ten for a race.

You guys. I knew as soon as I set out that it was good. I ran. Without pain. Without weakness. Without walking. I almost started laughing around mile four because I was so relieved.

I ended up running 5.5 miles and could have gone farther. I'm working very hard at not doing too much too fast though so I didn't push farther.

I'm so happy though. I think I didn't realize how fully depressed about it I had been until that really started to lift today. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders (or my hip, as it were).

I have a long road ahead of me to get back to where I was and and an even longer one to get to my January marathon. But for the first time in more than a month, I feel like I can run there.


  1. Apologies I may have missed earlier posts, have you had an MRI? I did and I have three tears in my hip labrem :( One shot of cortisone last April and found the procedure to be very very uncomfortable but it did help I must say. Any word on what your injury is ?

  2. Exactly & right on Sister runner !! Realizing our limitations & fears .... Breaking free & proving to our selves that we have not lost it all ..... And recognizing that it does take time to physically & mentally recover from injury or health issues/problems .... Hurray& cheers to you for your recovery ....

  3. What if you're not a runner and don't care about running but care about you and like to read happy things about you not being in pain and say huzzah? Am I allowed to read this post then?

  4. Rock on, Stimey!! Hope you are feeling well this am.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your hip. How long was your recovery? I had an xray but no MRI. The ortho seemed to think it was bursitis in the greater trocantis. Cortisone shots are super unpleasant, but sooooo worth it.

  6. Yeah. I'm trying really hard to take that time to recover and not rush it.


  7. Hmmmm. That's a gray area. I'm going to have reread the bylaws and get back to you.

    (Thanks. :) )

  8. I am! No soreness anywheres! I am SO relieved.

  9. Congrats❕πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Injury and pain suck, I'm so glad you're on the mend. Also note, I'm not a runner, never have been, and never will be. However, I still read all of your posts. πŸ˜‰

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