Monday, August 23, 2010

The Hips Don't Lie

Ouch. Shakira was right. The hips don't lie. I ran my first double digit training trek Sunday - 10 miles. Everything was great until around mile 8 or 9. My hips started feeling sore. I actually did some stretching before the run, so I was surprised by the pain. I also made sure to thoroughly stretch after the run and throughout the day. My hips were pretty stiff and sore last night. But thankfully 24 hours later, the pain has pretty much subsided.

However, this got me thinking about the cause of the problem. After some research, I have come to the conclusion my iliotibial bands have struck again. The IT band runs down the outside of your leg from your hip to your knee. Most runners, especially ones who don't properly stretch, experience pain in their knees because the band has become inflamed. But in some cases, it can also cause hip pain.

Thankfully this ailment is not something that needs any kind of medical treatment, at least for now. I just need to make sure to stretch, rest and use my foam roller more frequently. Of course, I hope this isn't a bad sign of things to come. If my hips can become that sore after 10 miles, how will I survive 20? Or 26.2? I know, I know... think positive.