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It was going so well!

Hey guys! I’ve not posted an update in a while, but running had been going Absolutely great. Since graduating in July, I was starting to do 1x speed run a week, 1x 5k and 1x long run...max distance so far being 7k.

Everything going great, no issues at all. I always warm up, cool down and stretch post run. Then last week I did my first hill repeat. 4x up and down a hill that I usually incorporate into my usual route. But since that run, my right hip has been very sore. I’ve stopped running for now, but I’m really keen to get started again.

I’m also on a hiking holiday, so don’t want to spoil the hikes, so am happy to take a break if I must. I guess I just want to know if anyone has had similar experiences and can offer any advice. Should I rest, stretch? Ibuprofen? Ice?

I’ve not had a gait analysis yet, so may make this a priority when I get home. I also have scoliosis so wonder if anything to do with my physiology makes me more susceptible to certain aches and pains, so am considering seeing a sports physio.

I’m missing running already and I’m only 2 days behind so am hoping I can be on it soon!!!!

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My first question would be ‘which bit?’ I know it can e difficult sometimes but is this something that hurts when you are still, or just running or laying on that side? Does the joint feel ‘loose’ or achey. Hope it isn’t anything too serious and I think you have the right plan there. Take note of what you are doing when you notice it hurting and that will help the pro’s you’re going to consult with :) Enjoy your holiday, anyway!

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Thanks Equi, I’m sure holiday will be great, just hope it doesn’t stop us from hiking up the mountains. We’re still en-route to Switzerland so I’ve got another day of rest. The pain is only there when I’m in motion, it’s on the outside of the hip and doesn’t hurt when I poke or press on it, nor when I’m lying on it. It feels like it’s getting better day by day, but only slightly. I’m stretching out every day and taking ibuprofen to help with any swelling. Fingers crossed it’ll be okay soon!

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Can't help with the hip problem, but sorry to hear you're hurting. Have a great holiday!

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Sending you the same sentiments as Telford_mike, hope the aches soon pass. A gait analysis sounds like a good idea.

Best wishes xxx

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Thank you! X

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Thanks Mike! I’m sure holiday will be great, just missing my runs 😞

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Oh that’s bad luck.You are doing the right thing though. Get checked out as soon as you can hope it’s nothing too serious. All the best!

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Thanks Ang, will defo get checked out even if I feel okay when we get home. Want to avoid it happening again! x

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Ibuprofen will help to reduce any inflammation. Ibuprofen gel is an alternative to the oral tankers. Taking it easy, be kind to yourself. Walking will be good to keep mobilised and listen to your body - what feels ok, what doesn't? and see the medics when you get home. Hope it resolves soon.

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Thanks Gran4z! I’m trying to be sensible and not do too much too soon. I really don’t want to take a step back and put me in a worse situation. This is my first running injury, and it’s a very frustrating place to be. 😔

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Just noticed my typo! Should be oral tablets! A tanker would be hard to swallow 😂. I can fully empathise with you about injury...been there! You've got some wonderful advice and support from others here. I hope all goes well 🌻

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🤣🤣🤣I did wonder what you meant!! Yes, the advice and support on here is absolutely invaluable. Best group ever! 😍

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Sports physio sounds like a great idea. Stretching usually helps and I'm sure your hiking will benefit from some additional gentle stretching.

It sounds like you just overdid things a little.

Try not to worry, enjoy your holiday and see what the physio says 👍 stopping for now makes perfect sense but I'm sure it will be temporary 😉

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Thanks JoJo, great advice. I’m sure it’s just a temporary little glitch and I’ll be back running soon 😍🏃‍♀️

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Hey Little-runner! You have been doing amazing! That’s some fantastic running! 😁😁With that niggle, I would see a physio for peace of mind. It might just be that the extra recovery time is all that’s required after the long runs, but it would be great to feel you have a way forward and be reassured. So that you can be happy running!! 😍

Have a great time away and best wishes for getting back out pain free! 😍❤️

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Thanks Fabulous, I thought I was being so good making sure I had a rest day every other day. I guess I’m still so new to running having only started in May! I’m sure it won’t spoil the holiday, every day it feels a little better, and I’ll definitely slowly ease back into it. Baby steps!! xx

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I hope everything clears up soon for you and you can enjoy your holiday ..

Gait analysis is a good idea so you get the right and best shoes for you..

I maybe wouldnt have gone straight to 4 hill repeats to start maybe 1 or 2 and build them gradually if you do them again

There is some useful info here on hill work - runnersworld.co.uk/training...

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Thanks Rob, I guess I thought I would have okay having run up the hill on my usual route, and I felt great doing it! I think a valuable lesson has been learnt and I’m still so new to running having only started in May.

Thanks for the link too! 👍

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You are welcome ... I tend to err on the side of caution with new things now .. have done the too much too soon and picked up an Injury.

It may have been just one of those things with you so fingers crossed you are recovered fully soon 😀

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Hi Little-runner! I would say the hill repeats have caused the injury. Doing 4 straight away is a lot. Do one or two only.

As others have said stretch, stretch and more stretching. Try bath with Epsom salts too.

Also you may need more than one rest day between runs if you do a long run and a speed run. This can all be too much for your new running legs.

Hope things improve soon. Happy holidays . 😊

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Thank you! I honestly didn’t think 4x was all that much! Lessons learned most certainly and I think perhaps a few steps back, take stock, and calm things down a bit. I want running to be a life long hobby so I’ve got plenty of time to grow. 🌱

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You’re welcome. Enjoy your hols. 😊

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My hip pain is/was glute related. Pretty much sorted now. Lots of hip flexor stretching, lots of weighted bridges, more and more squats. Seems well on the mend now, but it was pretty miserable for a few weeks.

It will improve, but take it nice and gently okay? xx

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Thanks Sallenson. I used to do lots of squats etc before I started running, but am finding it hard to fit it all in, what with run days and rest days. I wonder whether it’s okay to do strength training on rest days? Although it’s not strictly a rest though!

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Big tick for strength training on rest days!! "Rest" just means no high-impact aerobics. Anything else is fine. It's a strength day for me today :-)

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Ah! This is great news! 💪💪💪

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Cycling, cross-training, strength training all good. Even walking. Just no running okay. Now c'mon. Let's go and get Buns of Steel and sort those hip flexors out :-) xx

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Okay so rest days are going to take on a whole new meaning to me now! Bring it on!! X

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