Saturday, September 8, 2012

The mind dreams things the body can't always keep up with

I decided to call it a month.

 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?


  1. It's hard to listen to your body sometimes. You just want to be able to run:) But, we have to do it to make sure our running can continue. Good job planning your cross training:)

  2. I usually don't ever listen to my body unless it involves extreme pain. That being said, I listened to it about my tendonitis and it totally worked! So, I hope you have the same experience that I did :)

  3. Smart choice. I am usually not as smart, but I'd like to be. Another case of dreams not being reality.:) I tend to ignore pains, but I am currently making weekly visits to a PT, which has helped a lot. Also have hip issues. My PT practices myofascial release, and I love it.

  4. I've learned I can have speed or volume (of races), but not both. Way to listen to it, get better, then come back with a good plan for next year.

  5. I dont know....Im in the same boat. I have RnR Denver also but my hammy is and has been angry for awhile. Piriformis issues and I have a race on Oct 13 here (well, closer then Denver) that my husband is signed up to run also and I dont want to hurt myself badly in Denver and not be able to run in Scottsbluff. Uhhh...decisions decisions!!!

  6. Sometimes the right decision is the hardest one. You'll bounce back in no time!

  7. Good luck with recovering, I am sure you are making the right decision. I know you will feel better once the pain is gone and you are back to new!

  8. Why is listening to our bodies so hard to do??? I am trying to hear what mine is saying. Rest and recover!

  9. I didn't really start listening to my body until I got injured. You are doing the right thing and your patience will pay off in the end. I know it sucks and it's a tough call but it looks like you know what you need to do. Hang tough my friend!

  10. Oh, I know this couldn't have been an easy decision, but it's probably the smart thing to do. I hope you heal quickly and feel better by October!

  11. ugh, i'm sorry you had to make this decision. i know how much you wanted to do these races! i hope the month off gives you time to make a full recovery!

  12. you are smart.
    smarter than me.
    I should have done just that back in June.
    I Ignored groin pain.
    I am still not pain free. I am better but not pain free. I have not been good at doing my PT since HTC and i am paying for it now.

    I did not forget about your NUUN. Will get it in the mail asap!!

  13. I am so glad you are being smart Christy! I am thinking super positive thoughts for FAST healing so you can get back out there asap. Hang in there!

  14. I usually ignore it, which is obviously not the answer! I am glad you are listening to your body and doing the right thing! The races will be there when you are better.

  15. Great post, Christy. I know the agony of hip pain. It's hard for active people to listen to their bodies. You could have SI Joint Dysfunction. Good news is you can alleviate SI joint pain. :) Check out this Pilates-based program:


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