I have a problem.
I’m a perfectionist who really likes to run. This often leads me to run even when I’m injured and should be resting.
It took Stacy’s comment on yesterday’s post for me to realize I was even doing it.
You’re still running with a nagging hip?!
That pretty much says it all.
Yes I was still running with a nagging hip because I wanted to get in the miles, because I didn’t want my running fitness to suffer, because I want to be in good shape for the cruise and for several other reasons that are equally as silly.
So I’m forcing myself to take some time off from running.
In that time I will take Carolina John’s advice and use the elliptical to keep my aerobic fitness up and work on some hip strengthening exercises that I learned in PT two summers ago. I will also spend some time each day working on my IT band with The Stick and following up with Icy Hot as necessary.
I’m also on the lookout for a good massage therapist or active release practitioner in the DC area who won’t charge me an arm and a leg. I’m determined to get this hip thing under control so that I can train for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler after I get back from vacation.
Feel free to leave great hip exercises and stretches in the comments.