Hello friends! It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated you on my current Half Marathon Training status and my hip injury – which now has kept me from running for over a month.
It’s been frustrating and terrifying. My race is on December 9th and I’m not willing to give up on that so easily. I do have some updates to share with you:
– Upcoming Race: Islamorada Half Marathon
For those of you who don’t know, I registered for the Islamorada Half Marathon and I am so beyond excited to do it. The main feature of this race is that the course is literally on the beach. Not that you run on the sand, the race course is a straight line on the old Florida Keys Highway that runners do back and forth for the start and finish line.
One good thing about this race is that the course is mostly flat, which is something positive for my first half marathon. One bad thing about this race is that humidity is going to be savage. However, I do keep my hopes high that this won’t be something new for me, as that is my regular training atmosphere.
– Hip Injury:
As you might have read on my previous post, I’ve been suffering from hip aches for the last month that haven’t allowed me to run like normal. After finding out that I did not have a stress fracture, I went back to running and did up to 6 miles – even though I knew I wasn’t at a 100% just yet.
My hip started bothering me again and that’s where I started going to PT. My physical therapist is the sweetest and she agreed on working so hard to get me ready for that race. At first she though I might have Hip Impingement which means that there is abnormal wearing contact between the ball and socket of the hip joint. Pretty scary, I know.
But after checking on my X-rays results and feeling tenderness on my hip flexor muscles, she concluded I might have Hip Flexor Tendonitis. This being said, she put me on a very strict pre-race game plan which basically consists of two weeks of no running at all, lots of ice, stretching and strength. I’m seeing her at least 3 times a week before work, and on the days I don’t go to PT I do go to the gym to lift weights.
The pain subsided almost completely. I do feel some tightness that goes away with ice and walking – but only once in a while. Because of this, she told me I could go back to running next Wednesday instead of yesterday (you know, I’ve been trying to negotiate the recovery time). That is 6 days from now and I seriously cannot wait.
– Post Injury Recovery / Pre Race Game Plan:
I still haven’t figured out what my training is exactly going to look like after I come back from this recovery time – which is about two weeks of training and one week of tapering. My Dad is recommending me to only run 3 times a week and dedicate the rest of my days to lift weights and do strength training. Honestly, 3 times a week seems short to me but is also way better than nothing.
I do know that if I want to make it to that finish line without hip pain I might have to completely scratch the speed intervals / tempo runs / fartleks. I need focus on distance and endurance instead.
I did something I’ve been wanting to do for so long: I started a YouTube channel!! In there I’ll be talking a lot about running and lifestyle in general. I’m going to leave a link here so you can check it out.
That is all for today friends! I’ll keep you posted on my come-back and thank you so much for reading!