I was not going to let this hip pain prevent me from running a marathon that I trained so hard and long for. I may never be in a position to run a marathon ever again. I ran that marathon, albeit not in any sort of time I was even remotely proud of for more than one reason. (My hip started to hurt around mile 4.) I decided to take a few months off from running after that to let the hip heal on its own. I did a few 5 milers here and there and even a 10 miler in there but no significant weekly mileage.
I started running again in January and gosh darn it those few months of not running didn't heal me. Fast forward to today, that hip pain has been at my side since September 12, 2010.
I went to see a chiropractor today that specializes in A.R.T. (active reflex technique). The guy that I went to trains the US Olympic Bobsled team. This guy is all muscle. He has huge forearms and must have thumbs of steel 'cuz oh, man, this A.R.T. stuff hurt like bloody hell. He pressed here and I winced. He pressed there and I got sweaty. I held my breath praying he would stop. He explained what he was doing and why I was experiencing the type of pain I was with all sorts of anatomical references. At one point he audibly gasped and told me how "short" one of my glute muscles were. Bet you never had someone tell you you had a short glute muscle. I didn't take that as a compliment.
After 50 minutes of pure pain, I thanked God it was over. I hobbled out of there with hopes of pain free days ahead.
I came home and peaked in the mirror as I was changing my clothes. I had perfect bruise marks of a thumb and knuckle on my left hip and bruises on my groin, glute and thigh. It hurts. :o(
I have 4 miles planned for tomorrow and 14 for Saturday. Wish me luck.
I am to revisit the torture chamber in 1 week.
(The chiropractor is actually awesome! I must not be the only one who thinks so because it took me 3 weeks to get in.)