This will be my first race even though I have been running for the last two years. I am a massive formula one fan so this seemed the perfect race to do and have been to GPs here a few times. I am very excited about it and very nervous at the same time. I have entered with three friends but we are all slightly different on timings so will all have to do our own thing, but hopefully I can do it in around 2 hours. At the moment Im up to 11 miles and doing on average 9.04 min mile, but I am not going to put too much pressure on myself as this is my first one. Lets just see what happens on the day!!!
I have decided on this occasion not to raise money for charity as I did not want to put extra pressure on myself, but definitely next year if I do it!!!
Thank you Mel for your comments and Pamela I do hope you soon get this sorted out, I havent had any experience with Chiropractors so cannot give an opinion on that but perhaps it might be worth going back to your GP and getting a second opinion?
Today ended up going to see my GP as my hip pain was very uncomfortable last night. I'm very fortunate to have an extremely good doctor who diagnosed my problem straight away she also referred me straight away to a private sports physio as she knew I wouldn't get in very quickly at our NHS physio. I have just got back from my appointment, I was given a thorough examination, luckily the physio is also a keen runner so could understand my eagerness to get back running as quickly as possible without missing too much training for my half marathon in 7 weeks. She is pretty certain that it is due to weak glutes muscles and then affects the piriformis muscle. Because of the weakness it causes the hips to drop etc. So now I have lots of strengthening exercises to do to support the whole area. I was very relived that it was not anything really serious and my running doesn't have to stop. I would have been devastated if I would of had to pull out from this marathon after all the hard work. Fingers crossed this will help!
I also have found this thread interesting. I have been pleasure running for two years and last October decided to enter a half marathon, along with some friends. We run three times a week, Sunday a long run which increases by half a mile a week, Tuesdays a 6 - 8 mile run and a nice slow run on a Friday usually about 5 - 6 miles. However last Sunday we got to 9 miles of our 11 mile run and I felt a strange ache/pain in my left hip. Having never experienced an injury before this was new to me. I was able to run through it and completed my stretches when I returned home. But I was in a lot of pain and during the night it was impossible to lay on my left side as the pressure on my hip was very uncomfortable. Monday morning I couldn't really walk without limping but as the day progressed the pain seemed to subside. I thought at this point I would go to my local sports shop and enquire whether my trainers perhaps needed replacing, even though they had only done about 200 miles. So I had my gait analysed and was told I have been put in the wrong type of shoe and should have been put in a neutral running shoe, so perhaps this may have been a factor in my hip pain. By Tuesday the pain had vanished so yes I went for a run, managed 61/2 miles but could run no further as the pain had returned. So plenty of stretches and now realised I had a few more days of rest. By Friday the pain had gone so I went for a short run and experienced no pain. So the long Sunday run I would only manage 91/4 miles as the pain has returned, I was gutted that I couldn't manage our target of 11 1/2miles, ended up limping home and the pain occured whilst my leg was load bearing. I have now resigned myself to no running until perhaps Friday when I will do a short gentle run to see if I will be able to run next Sunday. As I go through today the pain is definitely wearing off, I have walked the dog and generally been up and about but I am at a loss to know what has caused this, i am also concerned about being ready for our half marathon on the 11 March. Im no speed runner my average mile is 9.10 mins and am 38 years old. Any ideas or thoughts would be gratefully received.