As I work to catch up on a few more blog posts from my life over the past three and a half months, I have an update to provide.
As you noticed, I have been rehab-ing hip bursitis for the past two months. I was battling it for 6 weeks before I even went to the doctor. Yet, upon my follow up doctor’s appointment I made the decision to get the “shot”. Yes, I opted for the cortisone. This decision was made mostly on how rough my hip was still feeling. I know it was still hurting mostly due to my work/travel schedule, and even though it was calming down nearly 100% for the summer, I did not want to risk another 12 weeks of not running vs the 6 weeks if I got the shot.
Sadly, it took getting the shot to kick my ass back in gear. I think mostly it was the fact that the shot worked. Within 3 days my hip felt mostly normal again. I wanted to get back out there running so much, yet I wasn’t willing to risk backsliding another 4 weeks or 3 months or risk losing the rest of the year.
However, right after the shot, PT started me on the elliptical. I’ll be honest, I HATE this machine. I feel so uncoordinated every time I hop on. But this was the closest thing to running so far I have been allowed to do. So I internally motivated myself back to the gym. I used my running/fitness friends on twitter and instagram as backup motivation when I felt myself slacking. (See the list at the end of the post for the ones who have helped me the most) I started slow, do the 5 minutes they have be do at PT. Next time, it was do 10 minutes.
For the past 6 days I have done some type of activity at least once a day! I may not be able to participate in the Runners World Running Streak, however, I can do my own type of streak. Part of my motivation and guidance is to see how many days in a row I can move. I have gone on bike rides, walks around NYC, PT and gym workouts. I look forward to adding a day to the streak, and feel that I would be letting myself down if I wasn’t active for the day.
Sunday I took my bike out for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Tuesday I rode down to visit the boardwalk for the first time as well! Another perk to living 2.5 miles from the beach!