My running over the last many months has been a rollercoaster. Great volume followed by injury and frustration. The wrong kind of pain felt during any run is like a stern reminder of my advancing age and a revisitation of my desire to “race well.” Well so it goes.
After a month+, the RICE method was only getting me so far, so I caved and went to see my general practitioner Doc (who used to be a runner) to see if there were pharmaceutical means to help my body along with this healing business and still let me run some. Dr. T did some PT-like and osteopath-like diagnosis and determined that my psoas may be the major culprit and that I hadn’t been isolating that problem area with the proper massaging and stretching. She also gave me a script for giant ibuprofen pills.
So I’ve been working the parts that need working and I have to say that the drugs are very helpful. I made it through a 12.5 mile pacing loop for my ultrarunning friend Saturday with barely an indication that there was anything wrong with the hip. Doesn’t mean everything’s super great and perfect, but the degree of progress lends me optimism. Here’s hoping I can get a couple weeks of run mileage > 15 miles before I taper back and race my way through the remainder of April then hang on for the White Lake Half on May 8.