Still waiting for the doc to set up an appointment to review my MRI results (torn hip labrum, bone spurs and a hip fracture, ouch), but in the meantime, I went a full week with zero hip pain (and zero running). I decided I’d keep my commitment to pace the NYC Half Marathon and just see how it felt.
I was the official pacer for the 1:40 group. Big group! I was afraid I’d have pain after maybe a mile or two and I might not be able to finish. I promised Gwen that if I had any pain I’d stop and I intended to. I also was afraid I just might not be able to hold the 7:38/mile pace even if my hip felt fine. I haven’t been running at all lately. I was supposed to have a co-pacer, but he didn’t show up.
BUT, it all worked out and I was pain-free!
1:40 (7:38 pace) felt really comfortable. Actually easy. My heart-rate was low the whole time. I actually had a hard time keeping from speeding up, my body kept trying to move up to 7 or 7:20. Every time I looked at my Garmin I was too fast so each mile I had to adjust back down. Maybe it was the freezing cold and wind, I just wanted to get done and warm! My god it was cold! The strong winds actually snapped the pole of my pacing sign around mile 7 or 8. A nice guy behind me picked it up so I didn’t have to stop (I wasn’t about to stop). The cold had us moving fast but maybe I subconsciously wanted to finish before my hip could realize I was running against better judgement.
At the finish I still felt 100% fine. Not a sign of pain in the hip (or anywhere else). I got a lot of hugs from strangers that said I towed them to the finish. Some people stopped me to take their picture with me. I had no idea my group had swelled so big. That was pretty cool.
The big test would be how I felt Monday. In the past month if I had a good day of no pain and ran, the next day I was limping again. That’s what drove me to get the MRI in the first place. But this time, nothing. And today, still fine. My quads and calves are a bit sore, but it’s the good sore. I’m undertrained, but my hip feels 100% good.
I still plan to see my doc, whenever that happens, and I’m going to continue to not run this week and just lift weights. I can do a lot more push ups since I started lifting every day a month ago! So there’s that. Then I’m hoping to start easy biking and to ease back into running, slowly. I don’t have any races booked until the Rev3 Half Iron in June. If it WAS really just the hip fracture causing the pain, and not the labrum, it “appears” to be on the mend. I’ll take this as a good sign!
Oh, and I lead my group to a 1:39:44 finish. Right on target, once again!