i’ve had problems with my hips since i was in high school, or at least i thought it was my hips. when i got serious about track is when the pain started. my coach blew it off, the athletic trainer sent me to physical therapy and that was it. i kept running, and i kept hurting. i think my coach thought i was faking it. jerk.
fast forward six years and i am out of college and want to start running again. i started training for my first half marathon three years ago, and have since ran five of them. all in pain. it only bothered my when i would run more than five or six miles, so i pushed through it. in the last six months things have escalated. now walking, sitting, laying, really anything hurts. it’s not usually an agonizing pain, but enough for me to know it’s there.
i finally made the decision to go to the doctor, and i found out that my hips are actually fine, but my pelvis is rotated and i might have sciatic nerve problem. awesome. the doctor wants me to do a month of physical therapy and then we will re-evaluate.
today was my first PT appointment. there was stretching and poking and it was all pretty miserable. the hardest thing though, is i have to change how i walk. the way i walk and my rotated pelvis go hand in hand, and they don’t know which is the cause of which. today i have practiced my new walk, and it is hard, and it hurts. something as simple as walking feels really daunting.
today is the first day of something new. i can’t run for at least the next month, but i honestly don’t know if i’ll be able to run again. that it sad.