Hip in­jury prov­ing to be a worry

Mum and re­porter JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN is tak­ing on one of the big­gest chal­lenges of her life train­ing for the North­burn Sta­tion 50km. She re­ports on her progress.

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

It is 4pm and I am­sit­ting in a ho­tel room in Wellington writ­ing this col­umn, nib­bling on a choco­late chip bis­cuit and star­ing out the win­dow at men work­ing high above the ground on a con­struc­tion site.

I have opened my suit­case and re­moved my gym gear and run­ning shoes which are sit­ting at the end of the bed and I am­con­tem­plat­ing hav­ing a look at the ho­tel gym which I have grand plans of us­ing for the sev­eral days I amhere on a train­ing course.

Last time I was in Wellington, the ex­cite­ment of hav­ing a cou­ple of days free from house­work, cook­ing and early morn­ings got the bet­ter of me and my gym gear stayed in my bag while I slept in when typ­i­cally I would be ex­er­cis­ing. The ho­tel gym is open 24 hours so I could have gone in the evenings, but again, like an ex­cited child in a very big play­ground, I in­stead caught up with one of my best friends who I dragged around the city with me.

My sore hip con­tin­ues to plague me. The phys­io­ther­a­pist has re­ferred me to Dr Mary Holden at the Cromwell Med­i­cal Cen­tre and has put a ques­tion mark over whether we could be look­ing at a labral tear. He looked sorry and I looked grim as he told me I was to not run, hill climb or bike un­til fur­ther no­tice and we fig­ure out what is go­ing on. Hav­ing al­ready been rest­ing it for sev­eral weeks I felt my stom­ach churn.

It feels like weeks since I have run with Debby, Glen or Terry , and not only am I feel­ing grumpy, frus­trated and sore, but I amter­ri­fied of slip­ping back into old habits and start putting weight back on that I had worked so hard to lose.

I am­still a long way from where I want to be and I feel sick at the thought of hav­ing deal with a more se­ri­ous in­jury. The physio has told me I can swim (which in­ci­den­tally, I hap­pen to be worse at than run­ning), use a cross-trainer and do a se­ries of other stretches and squats to work my weak gluts. My gym in­struc­tor, Chantel, has also re­as­sured me that we can still do strength train­ing. She says be­ing able to run is not all about the legs - it’s about the en­gines inside of us - our car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, core, hearts and most of all our heads.

I just have to get my head back into the right space, lock those wine bot­tles up that have been com­ing out a bit too fre­quently lately and pull out those swimming togs .

● Feed­back and com­ments wel­come to jo­mac­mac@stl.co.nz, on twit­ter @jo­mac­macjourno or on her Up­hill Bat­tle Face­book page.

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