Hips Don’t Lie
I had a rather uneventful week. It was full of running errands, spending time with my baby sister and doing whatever else I needed to in order to get organized for the upcoming week and semester in school.
Monday was the holiday, so I relaxed at home with the family. Tuesday brought an interview for a part time job at one of the local retail places, running errands with Bridget, and personal training with Dan.
Wednesday I ended up taking care of a few last minute things for my internship, like going to the doctor for a physical and to make sure my vaccinations were all up to date. I hit the gym and got into a 3 mile run on the treadmill and had an interesting conversation with one of the female trainers, Dawn, who also gave me some great pointers about training for my half marathon. Then, I was running again, this time up to my field practicum class in Grayslake. I had to drive to North Chicago to meet with the HR department at my impending internship site as well as to get fingerprinted and start a background check. Then I rushed back to Schaumburg for another PT session with Dan before heading down to Naperville to help Amiee, my stepmother, with setting up things for a Facebook page for her Party Lite business. Friday, FINALLY, was calm. No running around, no errands, just some good old fashioned taking care of myself. I slept in late, cleaned my room, had lunch with my baby sister, and just vegged out. And I was content. Sigh. I ended the night curled up on my couch watching Braveheart and chatting online with two of my favorite men, even though one of them habitually drives me totally crazy. It was a nice way to end the week.
Today so far has been pretty good. I got up and went over to Lifetime to photograph this weekend’s TEAM Challenge. There were some great athletes who came out participate and it was so much fun to watch everyone complete the challenge!
After the challenge, I went for a 5 mile jog through part of the forest preserve. Unfortunately, my hip started bothering me somewhere into mile 3 and by mile 4, it felt like my hip was popping out of place when I walked. When I ran, it wasn’t as bad, but anything else caused some pretty intense throbbing. Honestly, it was really frustrating because I haven’t had hip problems in so long.
I used to have decently regular issues with my hips bothering me, most frequently my left hip. I’ve never gone to the doctor about it (and no, I’m not going to start because I hate going to the doctor!), but it usually isn’t too bad unless I try to walk or run too far. I figured it wasn’t an issue anymore since I hadn’t had any problems for almost a year. Now, a couple hours later, I’m pretty much fine, just little twinges here and there, but at the time, all I could think was that ‘this was such a pain in the ass.’ Followed by ‘Oh my god, OW!’
By the time I got back to the gym to pick up my bag, I was limping and, of course, I ran into Dan right inside the door. Haha, just my luck. He gave me a bit of a hard time about it, asking if this meant we’d be rolling out for the entire hour on Tuesday, and then told me to make sure I stretched really well to help alleviate the pain. I probably deserved the ribbing, but whatever, I was just happy that even injured, I managed to keep a pretty decent avg pace!
Anyway, so I headed home and got spoiled by my mom making ham and eggs for me for lunch. Plans for the evening are still up in the air, but either way, I am hoping to clock some more time to relax tonight and tomorrow before heading back to classes on Monday.
So tell me, what is the most frustrating moment you have had while running (or just working out, if you’re not a runner)?