I did it! I was finally able to go for a run again. This morning my body felt ready. The wether was amazing. A cool 12 degrees and light rain.
Earlier this spring I started feeling soreness in my left hip after my morning runs. At first I thought it was due to a lack of stretching after my runs. But the pain only seemed to get worse.
Over the summer hubby and I travelled to the US. We spent nearly 3 months exploring East, West and South. Every new city we got to, we explored by walking everywhere. Being in a new city, we love exploring by foot. We find that you really get to feel the energy and the vibe where ever we go.
During the last month of our travels my left hip would be in so much pain I would have to take breaks and sit down. I did some research and started to suspect that I had an irritated bursa. Bursa you’re thinking – I also had no idea what it was until I continued reading. Basically the bursa is a liquid filled cushiony sac that lies at points of friction between a bone and the surrounding soft tissue. It’s main purpose is to decrease friction and rubbing. It’s amazing how the body works, isn’t it?!
The main treatment recommended is rest, rest, rest. And more rest. So I did. I stopped running completely and cut down on my daily walking. It’s not easy to all of a sudden have to slow down like that.
I also stated to add more omega-3 fatty acids to my diet – they are after all known for their strong anti-inflammatory properties, and a number of studies have found that an increased intake of omega-3 fats can reduce joint pain and inflammation as well as help increase joint flexibility.
I have recently started feeling much better. And this morning the weather was perfect for a run. So Troika and I went for an early morning run. It felt fabulous!
I felt super motivated afterwards. It’s funny how you can feel all out of wack when you’re not able to perform the way you used to. Incredibly frustrating, to say the least. But if there’s something I’ve learnt over the last few years, it’s the importance of listening when my body ‘speaks’.
I’ve for years had a dream of participating in a marathon. However, I always dreamt – saying “one day, I would love to..” and “I wish I could..”.
After my run I came across this motivational quote;
And it hit me. Whenever a marathon is on TV or in our city I would tell hubby that I WILL complete one one day. He would then tell me that he’s heard me say that before.
But, you know what, I WILL COMPLETE ONE! I have no idea why I was so intimidated. I have been running regularly since I was a teenager. Since adopting our husky Troika, I would usually run 5-6k in the mornings with him. I know I can run, I guess I just never saw myself as a long distance runner.
So this is the plan; I need mini goals to complete along the way. I will build my way up starting with a 10k, then a half marathon and then a full marathon.
First; I will attend a 10.5k New Year run back in my hometown in Denmark where we will be spending Christmas with my family. Bam! There it is – my first commitment.
And then I will be looking for a half marathon in the new year.
New moto; Just do it!