I am not going to be doing my most favorite race the Montana half marathon or going to Denver on the 22nd for the Rock and Roll half marathon.
Not running a local 10k today. Time to back off on the training, concentrate on my physical therapy and let my body have some rest.
I have been struggling with lateral hip pain since late March on the left side and since early July on the right side. Recovering from a marathon took way longer than I ever would have guessed and I didn't give my body a break after Hood to Coast like I should have.
So as hard as it was to decide to skip racing in September I think in the long run it will be the best decision. I am tired of the lateral hip pain and now my hammy is mad at me. I think there is a message with the hammy getting mad now... time for a slower pace!
So.. for the next month I am going to bike, use my elliptical, do my physical therapy, and only do slow easy runs. No long runs, no speed work, no hill workouts, no intervals.
I am hoping by October to feel
no more hip pain!
I think if the hamstring issue had not come up I probably would have kept going even though the hips hurt most of the time. I don't know why it can be so hard to listen to the body. The mind dreams things the body can't always keep up with I guess.
This is making me rethink my strategy for next year the things I want to do. That I think will have to be another post though.
Do you listen to your body right away or do you try to ignore it if it seems minor?