This Dumb Hip of Mine

Last night I was out for a really beautiful, relaxed run after work. The temp was a cool 81 degrees, there was a nice breeze coming off of the ocean and I was listening to a new playlist.

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I was lost in thought about my upcoming vacation. Taylor Swift was singing in my ear, “grab your passport and my hand, I can make the bad guys good for a weekend…”

Okay, it wasn’t random that Taylor was singing something so appropriate. I purposefully put “Blank Space” on my playlist for this run!

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I was totally zoned out when suddenly I realized something was off. My m-f’ing hip didn’t feel right. Many of you know that I dealt with hip bursitis earlier this year which means now anytime my hip feels anything but 100% I freak out.

I was only three miles into a six mile run but I cut it short and walked back to my car. Talk about throwing a wrench into an otherwise perfect run!

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I’m stretching, I’m rolling (which I hate doing), I’m keeping up with strength training and yet this dumb right hip feels super tight. Ugh.

My hip is not painful like it was when I had bursitis. My lower back doesn’t hurt like it did when I had bursitis. I can lay on my side without feeling like hell. I’m hoping that this is just tightness that I can work out with even more stretching. Honestly, I’m doing hip stretches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I feel like I have been super attentive to my hips ever since I had bursitis. It’s very frustrating that this is happening right now.

I spoke to my coach and she said no speedwork until the hip feels 100%. Tomorrow I’ll be doing active recovery and stretching every chance I can get. BLARGH!

Can someone send me some magic dust to sprinkle on this hip? If so, please email me and I will send you my address and pay for overnight shipping. Thanks in advance!

…on the brightside, it was a beautiful night to take in the scenery yesterday.



    • Kristina
      August 12, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks Sam! I held pigeon pose for a full five minutes twice now and that seems to have REALLY helped a lot. The longest I had ever held before was 90 seconds, but the longer hold made a big difference!

  1. August 12, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Over the past six months or so my hip (right as well) has been so super tight! It started when my left glute was tight during Boston training. I attributed it to all the hills I did. But now I’m just wondering if my hips have spread or something weird like that. My PT doesn’t seem too concerned when I mention the hip tightness so hopefully it’s nothing…same for you! I feel like in order to stretch it real good I have to get in the most akward positions too, lol.

    • Kristina
      August 12, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      Ohh that’s so interesting that your PT isn’t too concerned! I guess hip tightness is pretty normal for distance runners. I did hold pigeon pose for a full five minutes this morning and that seemed to help A LOT! I will be doing it again tonight and every day for the rest of my life! haha

  2. August 12, 2015 / 8:40 am

    First of all, I LOOOOOVE your new site! Your posts haven’t been showing up in my wordpress reader so I’m just getting all caught up now 🙂 I love when Taylor sings the perfect lyrics to me during a run… and I bet you are so pumped for your vacation, even though your running pics look like you are already on vacation! I’m sorry about your hip.. with what I’m dealing with now I finally see how frustrating an injury can be during training. Good job cutting the run short, that was a smart move!

    • Kristina
      August 12, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you so much! Taylor is so good at singing the right lyrics. Her albums are LIFE haha

  3. August 12, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Oh yikes! Injury scares when you are doing everything right are no fun. Hopefully this is just regular tightness as your body gets used to your increased mileage. Was this weekend one of your back to back long runs (6 and 10 miles?)? Perhaps that just caused a bit of extra muscle fatigue. Fingers crossed that this goes away soon!

  4. August 12, 2015 / 9:36 am

    Arg not again! It sounds like this is more just tightness and your body working out some marathon mileage kinks though. I think backing off the speedwork and keeping up your stretches will help, not to mention the extra relaxation on your upcoming vacation (outside stresses affect our bodies, too!). But I totally get being freaked out about injury – the thought of it kept me up nights while I was training for Grandma’s. I dealt with soreness in my hamstring and ankle for about 75% of that cycle, but I just listened to my body and once I realized the pain wasn’t increasing, I knew I’d be fine. Every day our bodies feel different – sometimes our weak areas flare up and other days we’re fine. My rule of thumb is to differentiate between soreness and pain. One is normal, the other is a warning sign.

  5. August 12, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I have issues with my hip tightening up as well. I go to a chiropractor that is certified in ART. He will readjust my hips and also perform ART on them to stretch them out and work out the kinks. It has been helping a lot, but I agree with others that say it’s likely just tightening up as you push up the mileage!

  6. August 12, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Well, yuck. Soreness really sucks! Especially in the hip area. I hope the stretching helps it out, but I think it will. Give it some time, bodies need a break after working so hard! Agreed, you do have some great sights where you are. Enjoy that! I saw some raccoon the other day on my run. And one snarled at me. That was the highlight of my run 🙂

  7. August 12, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Oh, frustrating!! I’m glad you played it smart and cut your run short, and I’m really glad you’re taking care of it. Keep rolling and doing your preventative stuff!

  8. August 12, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    I am sorry! I can sadly empathize. I hate when I feel like I am doing EVERYTHING right, yet somehow some little problem slips through. I hope your diligent work pays off and the tightness is just a blip. I know you will keep us posted. But please know I sooooo relate. I felt tightness in my achilles a couple days ago. WTF!?

  9. August 12, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Hey Kristina! =) I hope the hip is feeling better today but take it easy if not! I can’t wait until we can get our Princess on again.

  10. August 13, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Great views. Sorry the hip is acting up. Sounds like you and your coach are right on top of things.

  11. August 13, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Hope your hip feels better! I’ve had hip bursitis and hip surgery and it’s not fun!!

  12. August 13, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Ugh! You are doing all the right things, so I hope that it is just a bit of tightness that you need to work through. I also don’t love foam riolling but just started doing it daily, and I think I don’t mind it as much since it hurts less when I do it more regularly. By the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you I like your blog redesign, especially the fonts!

  13. August 13, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Ugh, that just stinks. I am the same way, I start feeling aches and I get nervous. I just can’t deal with being out again that long. Keep trying to work on stretching and rolling, I am the same way,I don’t love it, but what else you going to do right?!
    I hope it feels better soon.

  14. August 13, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    I hope your hip feels better soon. That is very frustrating. I love that you think 81* is cool.
    How about trying to “spin out” some of that tightness on an exercise bike?

  15. August 14, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Ugh, that’s so frustrating! I’ve been having issues with my lower back and just started seeing a chiropractor, so I know the feeling…anytime something feels even just a little bit “off,” I get SO nervous!

    As a side note, I love how you said a “cool 81 degrees,” haha. I’m super jealous of your running scenery, but definitely not the fact that you think 81 is cool, LOL. 😉