Hip Rehab – the next instalment

Physio, rehab is not a single upward trajectory

The story of my sore hip continues.

People must be getting bored of hearing about this, so I won’t go into masses of detail, however, for the past few weeks, things have been going well.

Three 5k runs on consecutive days got done in the middle of last week. I managed a VO2 max test the week before.

This weekend, in fact yesterday, I went out and did 20k in 2:30 over some fairly rough ground.

Today I hurt.

It isn’t as bad as it has been, but my right adductors and Sacroiliac joint are tender and I’m certainly not moving as well as I could be- indeed, there is no way that this week is going to be as good as last week for running.

I have 2 options.

  1. Rant and rave and rail at the universe for not being fit and able to run like I could 5 months ago. (heck, I was doing back to back days of 20k runs).

  2. Accept that yesterday was a bit of a test to see how my recovery was going and if there is anything else I can do to make things better,

I think I’m going to go for option 2.

Rehab has slowed down a little over the last few weeks and I haven’t been challenging myself as much to get things done. Yes, I have been running a bit, but certainly nothing hip specific has been done. It was great to get out on the hill. I really enjoyed the bad weather, the hacking through mud and heather and the navigational challenges of the race. The aftermath is the interesting bit. It is evident that full strength has not been restored and more rest is needed between more challenging tests.

Four weeks ago this would not have been a possibility, so progress HAS been made. Feeling sore today is basically a sign that I overdid it a little. It is not a “PANIC! Rehab has FAILED” sign.

Rest, recovery and more intelligent ramping of activity.

We’ll get there.

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