So Ive suffered a hip flexor Strain & its 2 weeks before my first half marathon.
Do I take 2 weeks off completey & race anyway?
Physio says it may not be race ready but I really wanna do this race!
Would it be completely stupid to run through pain? could i do lasting damage?
Has anyone else experiened the same injury & still run?
All thoughts very welcome, I dont know what to do for the best!
Thanks so much for coming back to me,
I did 5 Weeks of training as per an 8 week programme , (26 – 30 miles per week + speed sessions)
I did 8 miles, then had a day off then did 6 miles which seemed OK but had painful hips the next day so used the cross trainer for the next 3 days but then couldn’t even walk!
So I took 7 days off completely then went back to the cross trainer for 2 weeks, it was getting better , went to the physio & he said not to run still so I carried on using the cross trainer.
He said when I bend down , the one side of my back does’nt lift the same as the other, so the root of the problem is my back but I don’t know what excerises to do to correct it? I have an appointment next week but its getting so close to the race …
I got impatient yesterday so decided to try a run, did 20 minutes as I didn’t want to push it.
During the run when the muscle was warm I felt I could carry on however Im paying for it today!
So I’m thinking I should rest now & do some back strengthening exersises only?
As for future runs, I do want to continue however I can sacrifice a few months off (as long as I can still cross train!) during which time I can concentrate on my back & other areas…..
Yes, hurts to hop on the injured side.
That’s it, he said the sacro-iliac joint, but Ive not had time to discuss it much further, the 45 mins seems to fly by!
I had read up on the internet about the symptoms & the description matched what the pain was like, pain walking, going upstairs , the lifting action.
I had acupuncture & some massage on the thigh muscle but it felt no better after & now I think I’ve gone & made it worse!
It is quite difficult to pin point exactly where the pain is, it feel deep within the thigh as if its too far away to touch?
I sat down all day at work at a computer so I would not be surprised if this were the cause or part of it , I do notice I slouch & try & correct myself when I realise but Im not always thinking about I guess.
As it starts to get better over time , does this indicate its more likely to be a strain or as its taken well over 4 weeks to get better without ever being completely better , could it be a tear?
So do you think carry on cross training or rest? It is not painful to cross train (it’s a rotex machine that I use mostly & some cycling)
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