I feel like I’ve been “resting” this whole entire year. Injuries have sidelined me for the better part of the best running times of the year, late spring and fall, here in NJ.
C’mon, really, I feel as though I’m due a break. I do my stretching. I do my body-weight strengthening. I tried to be smart about my return to running after the heel stress fracture, so why the hip? So. Not. Fair.
I’m trying to be positive, but honestly, it’s hard. And yes, I know this is a first world problem I’m having here (my hip may hurt, but at least I have one, and I can grouse on the interwebs, and it’s not like it won’t get better, and I’ve got insurance to deal with it all). But the part that’s frustrating to me is that I don’t know where to turn. Am I just being impatient? Do I wait? Do I ask for a referral to a specialist? And if so, what kind? An orthopedist? A sports doc? A chiropractor? I want to be more aggressive about this, but there’s no roadmap for this…
Even more frustrating is that two weeks ago (two days before my injury actually), I actually made a huge (for me) investment in my running. I hired a coach. He lives in another state, but I hired him to create a training plan for Philly that would incorporate RTB and get me set for Surf City (the first of my 2013 races that I want to do). The plan is AMAZING! At least on paper. I have yet to be able to do any of it, and the longer this injury takes to heal, the more I’m thinking I’ll have to scrap it.