Since February when I ran the Fort Langley 10k, I’ve been struggling with a hip injury that just won’t go away. There were tell-tale signs prior to this that my hip was bugging me. Little aches and pains that I figured would just go away after a while. Maybe a little rest, less running and it would be fine. Well, that’s not the case.
The sore hip got worse and it started to affect my back. So then I ended up with hip AND back pain. Enough pain to sideline me from what I love doing, working out with my gang at Equal Balance Fitness and some extra-curricular running. My goal was to run in this week’s upcoming BMO Half-Marathon with Cathy and Ralph. Obviously that’s not happening for me. (Good luck to Cathy & Ralph – it’s going to be an amazing day)!
I have had 3 visits to physio. He said it was stemming from my back (no running or bootcamp), 2 visits to chiro. He said it’s all muscular (no running and bootcamp) and 1 visit to the Dr. She prescribed muscle relaxants for my back (and also said no running and bootcamp). Nothing has worked. I’m still in the same boat I was 2 months ago(insert rolling eyes here)!
I’ve been trying to continue with the same routine so I don’t fall out of it. Continuing to come to bootcamp, even if it’s just for strength, walking instead of running. Whatever I can do to maintain a routine. Because I think we all know how easily it can be to fall out of your daily exercise routine.
I’m trying hard but feeling kinda “blah” right now. Not being able to maintain my “real” routine has left me feeling out of shape, flabby and soft and losing my fitness. Although in time I know I will be back, I’m feeling frustrated and disheartened at the moment.
This has led me to do some research on what you can do with an injury. What kind of cross-training can I do without continuously aggravating my existing injury?
My first adventure has been yoga. I like this, but my back sidelined me from doing this too. I’m back next Monday for sure! Good stretching and strength. I have asked and been advised on what classes would be good for me considering my injury. Always ask questions. People are happy to advise and make sure they don’t injure you further.
My next thing I will try is the pool. Back to swimming. I’m going to try laps and if that doesn’t work, then I’m going to try running in the pool. I could stay in the shallow end and run, or put on a life jacket and do stationery deep-water running! Anyone ever done this? If so, let me know how it worked for you.
Another one will be to hit the bike. Give that a try. The only problem with this, is it’s the same hip motion as running which could set me back.
I guess the point I’m trying to get across is that there are many ways to maintain physical activity even when dealing with an injury. First and foremost though, you should always consult with your physician or whatever health professional you choose. Choose a cross-training activity that will NOT aggravate your existing injury and give yourself time and patience to heal (this is harder than it sounds)!
If anyone has any suggestions as to a good rehab program I could do to supplement what I can’t do right now, please be sure to comment on this post. I would appreciate hearing from you.
Yours in health (and healing),