Out of whack

Last night I came to terms with something that I’ve been denying for about a week now: my right hip is out of whack. I think the hip flexor is just really tight.

I’ve been stretching it out every single day and it’s definitely getting looser, but it still bothers me when I run.

It’s the kind of bothersome that I can tolerate for a long time, but I don’t want to tolerate it this coming Sunday at the Princess Half. So, last night after 1.5 miles I cut my run short and spent lots of time stretching it out.

stretch-roll

I think I’ll be fine by tomorrow or Friday. It’s been tight since about last Wednesday, but over the last couple of days it’s gotten better by about 15% each day. I really feel almost 100% now and will run at least 3 or so easy miles tonight.

Last night for dinner I made mushroom burgers and sweat potato tots.

sunshine-burger-mushroom

The burger is made by Sunshine Burgers which are organic, vegan and gluten free.

I don’t accept a lot of products for review on this blog, but since I’m trying to expand my gluten free horizons I decided to give these burgers a try.

sunshine-burgers

I first have to say that I like real burgers a lot (which can be gluten free if they have no grain fillers). I don’t eat them often but when I do I savor every single bite. I also have to say when I went vegetarian for a year I never once came across a vegan burger that I liked… which is partially whey I went back to eating meat : )

If I am being honest I have to say that this mushroom burger reminded me of every single vegetarian/vegan burger I ate that made me miss real meat.

The big positive is that you can pop these burgers into the toaster oven as long as it has a bake option. My mushroom burger cooked in less than 10 minutes in there! If you’re like me and don’t get home until 7pm or later, you are always looking for food you can make fast… that’s not fast food. I loved how quick I had this meal ready!

I guess I have to say I prefer beef burgers, but if I were vegetarian/vegan I would be happy to eat these. My best friend is vegan so she will try some of the rest of my samples out and let us know what she thinks.

Have any really great secret hip flexor stretches? Link me to a video/steps?

Favorite way to eat a burger? With a fried egg on top : )

This post is sponsored by Sunshine Burgers. I received the burgers free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. 

6 comments

  1. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    I wonder if it’s your IT band. Here are some articles I swear by that fixed my IT band and got rid of my hip/knee pain.

    http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/all-hips?cm_mmc=Twitter-_-RunnersWorld-_-Content-Training-_-HipStrength

    http://strengthrunning.com/2011/02/the-itb-rehab-routine-video-demonstration/

    http://throughheatherslookingglass.com/it-band-stretches/

    As for GF veggie burgers…I never eat them. I know there’s a good brand out there (I remember reading a review) but I’d rather eat a real burger! Congrats on outing your new-found GF lifestyle on the blog!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! I wondered about the IT band as well. I’ve been doing a lot of the stretches in the articles you posted and they have definitely been helping. I saw a couple in the RW article that I’m not doing and will add those to the routine!

  2. Meg @ Meg Go Run

    The two stretches I learned in PT are prob the same ones you do as they are pretty basic… http://www.eatrunread.com/2012/04/hip-flexor-and-piriformis-stretching.html (scroll down to girl in red tank top) and http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8109550/hip-stretches-hip-flexibility-exercises-physio.htm (figure 4 of man in way too short black shorts).

    Just curious, what type of symptoms does one get when they are gluten intolerant? Is it the same type of symptoms as someone with Celiac?
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hah! That guy’s shorts are definitely too short. Thank you for the links. I haven’t been doing the move with the table, but I will today!

      I should have specified that I actually have Celiac and not just gluten intolerance. I think the digestive symptoms can be pretty similar but the affects are different. With gluten intolerance/sensitivity once gluten is out of your body, the inflammation that causes the symptoms will go away. With Celiac, gluten actually damages the small intestine and can cause malnutrition.

      Also, with Celiac the symptoms usually go beyond digestive issues and can include anemia, fatigue, joint pain, tingling/numbness of skin, skin rash, etc. I have dealt with anemia for years, but when the constant skin rashes started popping up I knew something was wrong (the rashes are terrible, awful, not the normal kind). They burn and hurt and itch at all the same time. I’ve also dealt with the prickly skin and ridiculous fatigue.

      Cutting out gluten sucks (I can’t believe people choose to do it) but it is what it is. Gluten free pasta isn’t too bad : )

  3. The Running Schlub

    Sorry eat regular burgers. Dont have hip flexor issues, all my running pain comes from my IT Band. Constantly stretching and foam rolling. I live on the floor these days.

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  4. Jennifer

    I had hip “pain” a few years ago – it didn’t hurt enough to stop me from running or doing any usual daily activities, but it was there – I bought a foam roller and did a bunch of videos on youtube, but I found that yoga really helped the most 🙂
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