It has now been 22 days since I hurt my hip. I have iced, I have heated, I have foam rolled, I have pill-popped, I have walked, I swam laps, I have rested, I have yoga-d. I have been massaged, cracked, lasered and will soon have physio. I have very little patience left. In other words, I have not yet recovered from what we originally thought was bursitis, but what now appears to be a medical mystery. I also regretfully acknowledge that it is unlikely that I will run or walk the Bluenose 10k on May 20. I was given the go-ahead to attempt a run on Saturday; never in my life would I have expected to anticipate a run with such glee. And instead of my usual “cursing out the run”, I cursed out my “tragically hip”. (Tragically hip is the latest in a string of names that my husband uses to refer to me or my wide array of weird health issues.) So, to say that the run was unsuccessful would be an understatement. I started off sore and ended up far worse, to the point that I could no longer run, and barely walk to make it home. And the total distance? A whopping two kilometres. My chiropractor suggested I rest this week, including no yoga. I thought that yoga was resting! I am going crazy here. I negotiated with her and won the pleasure of riding the recumbent bike at the gym along with upper body weights. Not the most exciting of prizes, but I will take it.
I realize that many runners face injuries, so, maybe this is just part of my path in learning how to run, however, I must say that I am pretty peeved about this whole affair. I was not yet at the point where I enjoyed running, but, I was certainly noticing some progress, and that is pretty close to enjoyment. I am extremely frustrated, however, I am trying to find some positives. Running has actually been very rewarding thus far – I have slowly gained more control over my IBS. It has been a long time since I mad-dashed to my apartment, or sounded like a band of trumpets while running down the street. Running has introduced me to new communities both on and off-line and has helped me to bond with people in a way I did not expect. It also fell upon my various running partners to get to know me in ways they never anticipated. Few people can expect to “talk shit” quite literally with their running partner; they now have that claim to fame. I have had responses from surprising corners regarding the blog and IBS in general. It is very rewarding to hear that people can empathize with the situations that I encounter and that they are willing to connect with me to share their perspective. Thanks to those who have been reading and thank you for connecting with me throughout this process.
I suppose the blog will have to focus a little less on the running part and more on the runs – much to your chagrin. I will update you on the progress of my tragically hip; however, stay tuned as I begin to share some of my greatest moments as a girl with IBS. Hopefully they will make you laugh; I can safely say they likely made me cry. This is where you will really get to know about the glamorous life of poop-zilla. So, get ready, because you will hear about my late arrival to my wedding, my close-call on my honeymoon while in Antibes, my very first camping trip, and of course, the Mexican hat incident of 2011.