After tearing a hamstring again I went through a year of rehab before I started running again. I started running again in June. I ran a half marathon at the end of August and it felt good. I ran much faster than I thought I could with no complications. I kept training as best I could. Things were going well. Typhoons did much damage to the area and a few of the races I planned on joining were canceled. I kept training and set my sights for a final race the first weekend of November. I ran the half marathon with a goal of hitting 1:45:00. I ran 1:48 at the previous half marathon so this seemed like a doable and yet, based off of my training runs, a challenging time. I ran the race. I didn't keep track of my pace. I was too interested in all the crazy people running that I kept missing the km markers. I wasn't sure how fast I was going. I felt good and the weather was cool. I picked up the pace after the halfway aid station. I didn't stop at the many aid stations with the exception of the halfway station and when I slowed down to grab some chocolates from the Rokkatei Sweets station. I felt good. With a few kilometers left to the finish I realised it was possible to finish in under 1:40. I picked up the pace, but not enough. I finished the race with a time of 1:40 and change. I was immensely happy with my time.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. I took a few runs after that but was taking it easy. I had planned on only running three times a week and spending the other days doing strength, balance, agility and karate training. I had some days at work with no classes. I skipped lunch and went to the gym. I did my usual rehab strength routine. I added some weight to my split squats, a move I usually do without added weights. It was easy. The next week I had another day without classes. I did the same thing, but this time used much heavier weights, and added a twist. It was challenging but I was till able to do the usual number of sets and reps.
THE NEXT DAY, my right hip started hurting. And it still hurts.
So I'm not running or doing anything. It was painless for the last three days of nothing so this morning I decided to go to karate tonight. However, during the day, it started hurting again. WHY? I didn't do anything. It is frustrating and I feel scared. I remember what a doctor told me when I went in for my hamstrings. They did x-ray and MRI scans. I told me my hip joints were shot. The cup sections, he said, are jagged and should be causing me much pain. They weren't. He pressed a thumb into my hip which almost made me jump off the examination table to make his point. Up until two weeks ago, they had never bothered me. Now I fear it is these jagged hips that is the problem. I don't want to get surgery if I don't have to, but I probably will have to. And I am afraid that if I DO get surgery, that there will be no guarantee that I'll be able to return to running and karate. I guess the first thing is, to get my arse back to the doctor.