I didn’t have hip pain before the half marathon. Ever since mile 10 of that race my hips have been achey, as if I were a 90 year old woman! Sometimes even just while walking down the street the pain will set in.
After a lot of rest and a lot of research, I still wasn’t quite sure what my pain was called or how to fix it. Most web sites have been telling me about side hip pain or ITB syndrome, which didn’t apply.
|Not where the pain is…but it used to!|
Over Easter brunch, I mentioned to my cousin that I haven’t been running much since the race because of hip pain. He immediately asked if my pain was at the front of my hip, basically on my pelvic bone. Why yes, yes it was! My cousin told me he also gets pain there, on his hip flexors. Ah ha!
Unfortunately that is a tough spot to injure. It’s hard to stretch, it’s hard to strengthen and it never fully goes away. Super duper. Neato.
He recommended I use my foam roller on it:
But it just seems to irritate it even more.
Does anyone know much about hip flexor injuries and how to fix them!? (Blogger keeps telling me I’m even spelling “flexor” wrong so apparently this is not common.) At this rate, running will not be a regular thing for me and I’m not too happy about it.