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.
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 .
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