After the snot-fest that was Aviemore, I’ve been feeling pretty bad. The cold has finally subsided, but ever since the run my right hip has been swollen, painful, and generally angry at me. I suspect that Aviemore alone was not the cause of this, because I distinctly remember my hip being in some discomfort during Loch Ness. After sports massage and physio, today is the first day where I have woken up without a hot throbbing in my groin (I know). While by no means perfect, it’s an improvement.
I have been told not to do anything too strenuous by my physio until she gives me the all clear, which I’m hoping will be when I see her on Thursday, because if everything is behaving I’ll get to run the Culloden 17.46k on Sunday. It’s meant to be a tough course, but it’ll mark the start of my long run cycle for the Texas marathon (noticeably shorter than my other training cycles thanks to Loch Ness), and also the casual start of my Ultra base training.
Anyway, my main focus from now until April is staying healthy, so that’s probably why I’m not going too crazy without my normal exercise regime. It’s a week or so out of action, but having an end goal let’s me see the bigger picture.
Still, old habits die hard, and I have already spent hours lamenting the end of my running career after going on WedMD and looking at all possible causes of hip pain, just in case bruising and inflammation wasn’t what was wrong with me. Never do this. Because ‘cancer’ and ‘arthritis’ are not things you want to have floating around in your head when you’re stuck at home feeling sorry for yourself.
Finally, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has donated to Macmillan after reading my Loch Ness post, especially the people I’ve never met. You guys are racking up the good karma, and I’m pretty sure your donation will cancel out a misdemeanour or two. So pat yourself on the back, and go key the car of somebody who has parked like this, because it’s totally allowed*:
*Do this when they are not watching you.