Friday, July 19, 2013

[Update] Prognosis Negative

Be warned: I am not happy, and this is a whine/rant post.

I had my MRI follow-up yesterday, and now I find myself in poor spirits yet again. According to the images, my hip is completely fine. There's no apparent tear, strain, fluid or irritation. No bone bruise or callous. To quote the doctor: "What we're looking at here is a surprisingly healthy hip, especially for a runner!"

So now the question is this: If my hip looks healthy on the MRI, why the hell does it hurt so bad?! And I'm not really getting any clear answers. The doctor has two loose theories: nerve irritation and/or a disc issue in my lower back. We're going to attempt to treat the latter with an injection-based treatmente called "prolotherapy," which is intended to speed healing in injuries like these. Unfortunately, the doctor's going to be on vacation for the next two weeks so it'll be a while before we can really get that going.

As if by some sort of miracle, I was able to cobble together a 8:40 pace across 13.1 miles on Sunday. Nevermind that if you'd asked me what my target pace would have been in June, I would've said 7:15 or so. Just being able to limp through that event was enough to buoy my spirits, but if I'm going to have a chance at doing the same in Tahoe, something needs to get better soon.

Honestly, I really just want to be able to train enough that I can finish the race without blowing my legs out for the three weeks following, which is exactly what happened in Australia. For that, I need to be able to run with some degree of regularity. And no, I really can't "gut out" 20-30 miles per week over 3-4 runs per week over the next eight weeks. I couldn't even gut out a two mile run this morning.

I'm going to give my hip another week or so, but come August 1, I really need to be running again. One of these days, I'm actually going to be properly trained at the start of one of these Ironman races... but not this year.