I paid $185 to learn how to properly get up from a chair. Ha, I'm kidding, I learned way more than that and really thought my first physical therapy appointment was worth it, but "how to sit up" was seriously one of the things we went over. If you're new here, I started having bad hip pain during training for my first marathon when I got to higher mileage (around mile 17).
Here's the 411:
The Bad: His ears perked up when he heard me say that over the last month my pain had switched from being only in my left hip to also being in my left lower back. He did a few tests and determined that it was most likely a nerve issue, especially due to the fact that icing and foam rolling weren't really helping much. One of the tests was kinda weird: I sat on the table with my feet dangling and he had me point my big toe toward the sky. I tried as hard as possible to keep my toe up while he pushed down on it. My right toe happened to be way stronger than my left. This showed him it was something affecting my whole lower left side (in my mind I'm freaking out at this point thinking "ahh!! it's spreading all over my body!").
The Good: We most likely identified what the problem is. We also did a few exercises/stretches targeted for backs and hips for 20 minutes. One of them was me lying down on the table (imagine the position of someone about to do sit-ups). He sat on my feet and put his hands behind my knees and pulled for a few minutes. He then re-did the "big toe test" and guess what? My left big toe was already stronger! He was really optimistic about the fact that I had improved within 20 minutes. He also commented about my posture while we were just sitting there talking about running. I openly admitted that my posture is atrocious. I'm fairly tall for a woman - about 5'8" but you would never know it if you saw me sitting in a chair because I slouch SO BAD. He said I definitely need to work on that to strengthen the muscles in my back. I honestly don't even realize I'm doing it, so I made it a point to correct myself everytime I found myself slouching at work on Friday. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had to correct my posture 30 times! This is going to be a challenge, but it will be worth it.
The End Result: Will I run my first marathon on April 30th? Yup. Will I run it without pain? Probably not, but I really don't think anyone is pain-free on their first full. This appointment was never about whether to race Nashville or not; it was simply about trying to race it with a little less pain than I'm having now. I think with the help of my physical therapist that is going to be totally realistic.
However, I don't think drinking a 1/2 liter of German beer with co-workers is going to help my hip. Whoops!
As for my giveaway, I cannot tell you much I have laughed this week. I was having a tough week at work, but your pictures made it SO much better. I hope you guys are ready for the day I announce the winner b/c the pics are going to crack you up. In my book you are all amazing runners and extremely brave to share these pictures :)
Hope everyone is having a great weekend and that you're "Livin' a little" :