Short stories from long runs

This blog about my run and training

After weeks of nagging hip flexor pain I just couldn’t shake, I reached out to an industry professional for suggestions. Have you tried any bodywork, she asked. Deep tissue massage or acupuncture? The idea of a stranger deep tissue massaging my hip was sort of awkward in a way that a stranger sticking tiny needles into me wasn’t (?), so I made an appointment and visited an acupuncture office Saturday morning.

I had a quick consultation with the acupuncturist and then made myself comfortable in a reclining chair. Before long I had three needles in my left wrist and three in my left foot, six or so in my right foot and another four in my right hand. I sort of laughed at the one she popped in the top of my head, like an afterthought. For the first 10 or 15 minutes I closed my eyes and wondered if it was working. I had read that most people fall asleep during treatment, so I was very conscious of the fact that I was still awake. She came in to check on me after 15 minutes and then left me alone again, since I was comfortable enough. Soon enough, she was waking me up, plucking the needles (painlessly, thank goodness) out of my extremities, and sending me on my way an hour later. At some point I fell fast asleep. Try an easy run later this afternoon or tomorrow morning, she suggested, and we’ll see you twice next week.
Sunday morning I woke up itching to run. It’s been weeks! I headed to Planet Fitness with the goal of three pain-free miles, totally unsure of how I’d really feel. After jogging to warm up, I covered three miles at a 8:57 pace. While a little out of sorts, I felt fine; my hip absolutely fine. Since it had been my goal to run three miles, I then turned the treadmill down to 10:00 pace for a fourth. Energized, I conceded by slowing to a walk, but covered my fifth mile, pain free. Victory!

Last night I doubled up and headed to an evening restorative yoga class, as well. I don’t know. I get the value of it and it’s definitely a good exercise in clearing the mind for me personally, but I’m just not sure it’s actually productive.

It was a nice way to wrap up the weekend, nonetheless.

Sunday was the most ME I’ve felt in weeks! Is it possible that an hour of acupuncture actually cured my hip? And if so, how?! It’s early, I know, but it’s nice to be feeling optimistic.