Thursday, January 26, 2023


Ahhhh.....the joys of aging.........and / or over-exertion. 

I continue to push myself with running. Perhaps too much so, at least for a man who is closer to being Medicare eligible than he'd like. 

But it's what it's. 

Remember when my biggest issue with running was my bruised hands

Since then, it was a stress fracture. When I came back from that, oddly, no more hitting the treadmill with my manly beefy hands (read: thin, girly digits). 

Recently though, it's been a left hip situation. If I can make it past minute 10, I'm fine. But some days, I don't make it past minute 2.  I know I need more rest between some runs, and I way overdo it on other days. So, it's a balance. 

Thanks to on-line look-ups, I can self-diagnose my problem and solution. Or at least I think I can.....and isn't that what's important. 

Yes, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. I'm doing like two of those things. The thing not on there is a solid foam roller. 

Before and after my run - or even on days when I'm not scheduled to run - I get on the gym floor and inflict pain in my left hip area. I put my fat old self on top of said roller and move back and forth, really working into my muscle and tissue. 

And OUCH. 

But I do it anyways. 

It really digs into my hip, but let's face it, I'm probably putting at least one third of my body weight onto this roller. That's not nothing. 

It works. Kind of. My pain is immediately less, but not zero. I don't feel my running is great though. I'm not sure, but I'm figuring I'm favouring a leg.  I'd say after 8-10 hours an ache comes back, but nothing like before. 

I have only been doing the roller thing for two days (this is three!), so we'll keep it up to see how it goes. 

But it was a breakthrough for me.......the consumer, part of me that is. My first thought was, "ugh - I have to buy one". Then I remembered seeing others roll on something at the gym, so I waited 12 hours and found it myself. Now I can just use the communal one instead of shelling out for one at home. I'm there every day, so, why waste the cash? 

I'm hoping with continued use and time, my hip will be back to normal. 

Song by: Michael Kiwanuka


James Dwight Williamson said...

Roll on Blobby!

Travel said...

I had one of those once, smiled when it was no longer mine.

Old Lurker said...

I hope your hip improves too. My recommendation is to stay young and not get old. Then you can abuse your body and not deal with these hassles.

The Cool Cookie said...

When I developed hip pain - horrible hip pain that would wake me up at night in agony, I thought something far worse was at play. I told the doctor and he sniffed. Tendonistis. Seriously? "Stop locking your legs and pointing your toes in bed," says he. World of a wonder, but I love stretch out in bed, and here I have over done it!

Ur-spo said...

you inspire me to get out my roller - long time unused - and attend to my back.