Tuesday- walk with Heather 2.5 miles
Heather, my usual running buddy was nice enough to go on a walk with me yesterday morning. Let’s be honest, we love running, but we really love chatting. She’s too nice to get up early and walk with me even though she can run.
My Whole Running Injury Story
I figured I needed to fill you in on what the whole running story. In order for you to understand what the doc told me yesterday at my Sports Medicine appointment.
2 years ago when I first started running regularly I began to have upper hip pain where my IT band connects. It would hurt so bad that I would have to take multiple rest days coupled with a lot of massaging for it to feel better. I thought it was because I held my chunky baby on my left hip all day. I didn’t think anything of it and kept running.
My SIL Whitney and I trained for our first half marathon together and often while we were running I would complain to her about my hip. I’d mention how my left leg even makes a clomping noise when I run. I thought it was because of my weak/sore hip. I kept running, ran my first half and then ran 3 more that summer.
During the winter I kept in half marathon shape and ran on my treadmill with no real pain. Flash forward to 2.5 months ago. I started having a weird pain on the upper left side of my left knee. After a couple of weeks of no running, it felt a little better, but would feel much worse if I ran on it. I thought after some researching online it was just a normal IT band injury.
After going to the Dr. yesterday he confirmed it was my IT band, but after doing several measurements and stretching of both my legs he announced my left leg is shorter than my right. What? Um, how have I gone 23 years without knowing this? I’m going to get x-rays to confirm his conclusion, if he’s right, then it can be fixed with a simple insert in my shoe.
Because my leg is longer my left hip has turned in and has been trying to compensate for my shorter leg. So, the clomping noise and hip pain totally make sense is now.
Moral of the story, get checked by a Dr. to make sure your internet diagnosis is correct;)
Anyone else have a crazy story?
Do you wear inserts?