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.
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.
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