I've gained 2lbs this week - boo hissss - due to having my birthday (yum) but not being able to run off any calories due to pain in both hips. I had (stupidly it turns out) been continuing to run through the pain that started in both hips when I began to increase my distance past 5k. Because the pain got better during running I figured it would eventually ease off between runs, but instead I ended up entering the physio dept on Friday (for an unrelated problem) walking like an extra from a zombie film. My physio kindly put me through all the hip related diagnostic tests and concluded that they were painful because I basically have very poor muscle strength in my thighs (inner and outer) meaning my joints have minimal support while running. So I have some strengthening exercises to do twice a day but no more running until the pain has gone, which I think will take a while because it proper huuuuuuurrrrts.
I'm really gutted because I've been running since I started C25K in September as a way of avoiding seasonal depression and it's really worked, it makes me feel fab. I really need to be able to eventually start again but I'm missing it so much. I think maybe I'll try and do some strength and flex this week to give me some kind of structure and help out with the muscle tone. But be warned to increase your distances and speeds slowly if you haven't exercised for a while - I was really pleased to be running a 5k in just over 30 mins last week from 37 just before Christmas, but now I find it too painful to walk round the park :-(.
Hope everyone else had a good weight loss week and I will be trying hard to shift my birthday gain before next week's weigh in.
P.s - how do I get a cartoon smiley face next to my name??