Let's talk "pain"....
But, today, I am dedicating a blog post to pain. Thanking it.
(Now, I realize that pain can be a huge burden in life. So PLEASE, if you suffer chronic pain -- don't think I'm referring to you and take offense.)
Pain is your body's way of communicating.
It tells you, "Please stop." It tells you, "You're doing something wrong."
I'm 10 weeks into training for my marathon on December 12. Things have been going amazing the whole time. Until last weekend....
After my 9 miler, my hip started feeling really sore. It's been slightly ongoing.
But it was getting exponentially worse this week.
3 years ago, I would've been stubborn and pigheaded and kept running on it. I would have said, "Eh, I'm young! I'll just run it off."
But this time...I stopped and immediately set up an appointment with a Sports Medicine MD.
Best idea ever! She happens to be an Ultra-Marathon runner. Has a history of being the Dr for the Philidelphia Eagles (that's an NFL team), and was once an Athletic Trainer for an Olympic marathon runner.
So she understood my fears.
She told me I came in at the perfect time. I just have inflammation in my hip. My legs are uneven lengths. Possibly due to the fact I was born in Hip Dysplasia (hips weren't in the sockets at birth)
So for the next 12 days, I will be doing electric stimulation, ultrasounds, myofacial release, and actual athletic training with her.
No running allowed. Biking only. Icing my hip 4-6 times/day.
But, this will be good!
Not only will it let me heal, but it will teach me how to build and take care of my body in the future.
So..... lesson of that day for me and for ALL of you out there--
Listen to your body!!!!! It's one smart cookie ;)