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Subject:Should I try to run?
Time:12:29 pm
So here's the deal... the last time I went running was almost two weeks ago.

The next day, my left hip was really sore. Mostly it's right at the top front of the hip bone, but it also sometimes extends around a bit to my lower back. My right hip is also a tiny bit sore, but the left is much worse. Sometimes it doesn't hurt at all, but things that twist it (like getting in and out of a car) is painful. Walking, etc. are fine.

My first instinct was not to run on it, but I'm not so sure about that. It's slowly getting better, but slowly is the operative word. I'm thinking about trying to go running tonight, with the plan being to quit if it starts hurting worse.

Alternate plan is to go to the gym and plunk myself on a stationary bike, but I have no idea if that would be better.

What would you do if you were in my running shoes?
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phantomdancer
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Time:2011-02-21 08:37 pm (UTC)
go to the bookstore and check out a book called the 4 hour body, there's a section in it for runners and common issues that runners have, especially with range of motion and hips. when you sit down for long periods of time it pulls your hip socket to the front of the hip joint, and this can be a problem for runners. there are exercises and stretches that can help you in there. Overall I recommend the book because it's a fascinating read...
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njchick
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Time:2011-02-21 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hire a trainer to work with you on your strength training first and then slowly work into a low impact cardio program. Weights is the way to go.

Bike is great as long as you reach an ideal target heart rate.

I can only speak for myself, but my trainer was the best investment money could buy in my quest to get fit.

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rmd
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Time:2011-02-21 11:39 pm (UTC)
Try a stationary bike for 10 minutes or so, just to get everything warmed up, and then see how you're feeling. I figure that gives you the muscle movement without the impact shock of pounding the pavement treadmill. Then maybe try a very slow jog for a while to get all that motion without heavy strain on anything. Stretch really well.

Think of it less as a benchmark test and more of a POST.
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slowjoe
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Time:2011-02-23 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to say anything you don't know.

You need to be sure what the cause of the pain is. Sounds muscular, like trigger points. If you have a tennis or golf ball in the house, try putting it in a sock, placing the ball over the centre of pain and leaning into a wall. Hold for about a minute, with enough pressure to get to 5 on a 1-10 scale. The level of pain should alter/subside and possibly disappear. If you CAN'T get the pain down to a 5 by altering the pressure (it's 9-10 or nothing), that isn't a reason not to touch it. The iliop branch of the iliop-psoas (the muscle that spasms in a "stitch") is famously painful to touch when it has trigger points, but responds remarkably well (on the scale of 60-120 seconds), and that would be the prime suspect here.

Don't run while you're "really sore". An exercise bike or rowing machine might be worth trying. Obviously, if anything clearly aggravates the injury, stop it.
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loser_variable
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Time:2011-02-26 04:08 am (UTC)
Seconding 2 things: rowing can be a great full body workout. If your gym has a Concept 2, you can live on the thing. Also the obvious, don't make it worse.
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loser_variable
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Time:2011-02-26 04:01 am (UTC)
Late entry here. I'm assuming you can differentiate between fatigue soreness and "something isn't right" pain. If it's fatigue, carry on, fitness follows and this is a good sign. If something is wrong, progress depends on healing first, so heal it asap.

BUT, if you have to rest your hip, I strongly recommend doing anything else cardio-oriented that you can. Spinning, elliptical, walking if painless, whatever. Keep the gains you already made. They go away far too fast if you come to a halt. See njchick commentary.

Cardio without legs is gd hard, so get your legs right and strong above all.

For whatever it's worth, I've yet to have something I couldn't train through somehow. And I'm 45. I fear turning 50 in bad shape. No one really turns it around at 50, you gotta get there in half decent condition or it's game over.

Good luck, keep us posted. In bad times I average 6-8 motrin a day. Fortunately, bad times are still pretty rare.


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