Okay, that's a tad bit of an exaggeration ... but here's what happened. Per my last few posts, I've been dealing with some Bursitis in my left hip. It was gradually getting better thanks to repeated icing and some NSAID's, and I had actually broken the ice/med cycle for a couple of days.
I had a 17 mile easy run scheduled for Saturday, which I ran. Up until about mile 10, my hip was really tight ... not painful, but it just wouldn't hinge freely. But at about mile 10.5 I stopped and stretched my IT Band and Glute, and it felt great for about two miles. However, that's when the shattered hip took place.
For some reason, there was a small, 16" diameter, wire hoop hidden in the grass next to the sidewalk ... but to me, it might as well have been one of those foot-nooses you see in Jungle movie scenes. Ya know ... the one where you step in it, it closes around your foot, then triggers a giant tree branch, that lasso's you up like a steer in a rodeo and leaves you suspended by one leg, upside down in the jungle until the headhunters can come and boil you in a giant black pot with bongo drums playing in the distance.
When my foot hit the runner-trap, I tripped and landed ... LEFT HIP FIRST ... on the concrete sidewalk. It was in front of Red Lobster, near a busy intersection at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, with about 631 cars sitting at the traffic light. So, even though it hurt like a banshee, I got up immediately, thoroughly embarrassed, started laughing at myself, and kept running. But after I'd escaped the view of the undoubtedly entertained and amused drivers, I noticed my left arm and knee were bleeding a little, my glove on my right hand was torn from where I'd tried to break my fall, and my left hip was aching.
With adrenaline pumping from the run, I finished in great shape and felt good about the pace. But later that day, when my heart rate began to normal out, the pain in my hip really set in. There were a couple of scrapes where the skin was broken, directly at the top of my Femur on my left hip ... in the exact spot where I'd been experiencing the Bursitis. And now a day later, I've got a 5" bruise over the area.
I tried to run this morning, but it freaking killed! So I started the ice and Ibuprofen again. Hopefully I didn't do any damage, but I can't tell right now if it's the Bursitis or bruise that hurts worse. Monday is an off day for me, so the rest will probably do it good. I'll test it Tuesday, but if it hurts to run, I'll probably take another day off.
So that's the hip saga. I don't really have a lot of injuries generally, but I'm having a hard time putting this hip thing behind me. I'll keep you updated as you're obviously hanging on every word about my hip health, ha. Have a great week!
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