I've had hip pain on and off for weeks now. I've been managing my runs ok, especially if I avoid pavements and hard surfaces, but then hobbling around the next day. At first I thought perhaps I'd trapped a nerve as I would sometime get a shooting pain all down my leg but then other times the pain was just in my hip. After having to abort a planned long run last Saturday, on Monday I decided the only thing to do was splash out some cash I didn't really have and go and see a sports physio. It was £30 well spent - I've got a diagnosis of trochanteric bursitis and an exercise plan. She said I should try running just a mile and slowly build up from there but I've given the running a miss for a week and just tried to do the exercises every day. They're surprisingly intense but my hip seems to be improving, although it is hard to tell until I actually run.
I'd hoped to try a run yesterday but woke up with a horrible sore throat on Friday and now I'm coughing and sneezing and don't feel up to doing anything. I'm feel really grouchy and grumpy after almost two weeks of not running.
I'm worried about building up my running for the BUPA Birmingham half on 21 October. Even if I feel up to running tomorrow, which seems unlikely, I've got to build up from running a mile to (attempting to) run 13 miles, over a period of a month !! I've got it in mind that if I can manage a comfortable 1 mile in the morning, I could try another comfortable 1-2 miles in the evening and build up from there. Over two weeks, I shouldn't have lost so much fitness that I can't manage that and it should be a gentle enough re-introduction for my hip. I know I'll have to walk some of the half-marathon but I'd like to be able to run more than walk. I should be fine using a cross-trainer as well, as it is only usually the actual impact that hurts, so I was planning to try the Speed and Stamina podcasts on that in the hope that it will increase my fitness without putting any extra stress on my hip. I'd like to try cycling to work a couple of days a week (8 miles each way) - again, I was hoping to try it out this weekend but I feel far too rough - it's very frustrating.
I wondered if anyone else has any experience of this condition and, if so, how long did you take to recover ?
Also, has anyone tried wearing compression shorts ? I've read they can help with this condition and was contemplating getting some to wear while doing the half-marathon for a bit of extra support.