Many thanks to Gary Larson for the following image...
Okay...so this is partially a lie.
My PT thinks that I am actually not injured anymore. I hurt because things get overworked and then they tighten, which causes pain. But there isn't an injury anymore.
And that's a good thing, right?
The fact remains: Running seems to produce more pain now than it did last fall...and definitely more than it produced last summer.
The advice handed down from
I have a big imbalance in leg strength (evidenced by functional strength tests and amount of muscle mass). I need to do lots of one-legged stuff with someone watching to make sure I am not compensating. I have a slew of exercises to work on...but I need to make absolutely sure I am doing them correctly...which is super hard. Not because I want to cheat but because the right side is soooooo weak that it shuts down really quickly.
The good news is that (according to my PT) all the cardio work on the elliptical and the stairmaster and the bike is NOT making anything worse, and I should keep doing it so that I continue to build a cardio base and keep my endorphin high going so I don't slide into a deep depression about the fact that my hip still starts hurting after all this time. It's been a really long time, people. *sigh*
Being honest with myself, I have to acknowledge that I did too much too fast. Trying to go from cripple to a sub-2 hour half-marathoner in one year's time was pretty ambitious. Time to chill. I'm still planning on running the San Francisco First Half-Marathon on July 29, but I'll be doing it with no time goal. I'll probably have a target pace I'd like to average, but the primary goal will be similar to Bay to Breakers...finish without hurting myself and feel strong and confident about that.
Even if I'm slower than I used to be, being healthy enough to remain active is a 'win' in my book.