So if you’ve been around for any length of time, you know I’ve been dealing with a nagging, recurring pain in my right hip flexor. It really flared up when I began training for my first marathon last year, but about 2 months ago, things got worse. The pain became constant, and even sitting and walking were uncomfortable. Yep, I haven’t run in 2 months. It’s been a long 2 months.
This last week I finally bit the bullet and went to see an orthopedist. You can see how excited I was to be at the doctor’s office. He looked at my MRI and x-rays, moved my hip in all different directions, pushed on me here and there, and finally concluded that it is most likely NOT a labral tear (whew!) and most likely just an inflamed hip flexor.
Then the doctor did something really painful. He banned me from all exercise except the stationary bike and seated upper body exercises. I remember when I started the clean eating challenge, I looked at the list of food restrictions and wondered what in the world I was going to eat. I’m looking at these activity restrictions with that same wonder. How am I ever going to keep in shape with such limited activity?
And this is race season. In 2 weeks, the 40th Tulsa Run will take place. It’s a huge race, a 15K, and I love running it. I was really, really hoping to run it this year, but no. Not gonna happen. And the half marathon I’d been training for, Route 66 in November, is not gonna happen either. I am so disappointed.
But on the other hand, I’ve been dealing with this issue for a long time. For about 2 years now, I’ve limped along seeing a chiropractor every couple of months to deal with the pain. If another month of very limited activity, and a round of steroids and anti-inflammatories get me back on my feet pain-free, I guess I can stand missing a few races. And I’m hoping, like with the clean eating challenge, I’ll find a whole new way of exercising and keeping in shape with limited lower body involvement.
But to be honest, the thing that’s really hard for me about not being able to exercise at my normal capacity is the fear of gaining weight. I am petrified of that happening. I have this vision of myself ballooning, and I nearly panic. I do NOT want to ever be overweight again.
I think back to the first time this hip flexor issue put me on the side lines for a few weeks during marathon training. I used the opportunity to focus on other aspects of training. I’m trying really hard to keep that perspective again, focusing especially on nutrition this time around. With my activity being limited, nutrition will be key for me in maintaining my weight, especially looking at carbohydrate intake. I’ll need fewer carbs since I’m exercising less, but unfortunately, I love carbs. (Yes, I’m pouting.)
So I’ll behave, take my medicine and follow the doctor’s orders. Hopefully, when I go back to the doctor in 4 weeks, I’ll be good as new. Stay tuned for updates on recovery, my workouts, and what I’m eating.
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