So Tuesday was my glorious return to running.
It was not glorious. At all.
I ran one whole mile. Well, ran/walked.
It was very slow.
And it hurt.
I think I got a little cocky after my required rest. Also the prednisone I was on. It significantly reduced all the inflammation in my leg muscles and suddenly nothing hurt. It was awesome.
Well, I tapered off of that a few days back, so now some of the inflammation is rearing its ugly head. And obviously, two weeks of physical therapy isn’t enough to completely rebuild the muscles needed to support the tear in my hip.
The good thing that the pain wasn’t at the point of the tear itself. It was in the muscles opposite it. When I run, my leg also seems to naturally want to move at an angle instead of straight. I can keep it straight, but have to consciously work to keep it there. I talked to my PT about it, and she agreed that’s an easy fix. And by easy, I mean a lot of quality PT work, both in the office and at home. But nothing complicated or particularly hard to do.
This weekend is the first race that I’ve had to officially DNS due to this injury. I’m definitely disappointed to not be running Donna this year, as it’s always a great race. This may not be the only race I DNS this year, and that’s definitely a bummer, but I’m much more committed to racing healthy and pain free than I am to actually completing a race. Right now, biking and swimming are painless (well, free from the bad pain anyway), so worst case, I can do some aquabike races this year. However, it’s only February, so we’ll see what the next few weeks hold. Not committing to anything just yet.