Thursday, July 31, 2008


Last night I reached another milestone.

July 30th, 2008 700.05 Miles Year To Date.

I decided to not run today to rest my hip that doesn't seem to want to play along.

I would think that I have more than 100 miles left on my current shoes. They have 189 miles on them. They are usually replaced around the 330 mile mark.

I was wondering today if my agoraphobic behavior (combined with my poor stretching habits)have lead to my sore hip.

I'll explain...

And it's just a theory, so please weigh in.

I have run all of my runs except two (Watermelon 5K and while I stayed at the Pop Century Resort at Disney World) a total of 10.1 miles. During the month of July, I ran just over 116 miles, 106 on the treadmill.

Is it possible that the treadmill is causing me to run with little narrower then I might run on the road? Causing the hip pain?

What do you think?

I would like to try to get at least one run this weekend outside - GASP! Can you believe it?


At 8:26 AM, Blogger Marcy said...

CONGRATS ON THE 700!! I have no idea about the hip thing, chica! I hope it start to feel better though. Hopefully someone will have the answer for ya ;-)

At 9:07 AM, Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Hooray on the 700!

Hard to say not having seen you run on a treadmill but running in the same pair of shoes all the time may be causing them to wear down prematurely and also contribute to joint pain. I usually rotate between 2-3 pairs of shoes to allow the one just used to recover (midsole to spring back) and also a different shoe model for shorter runs.

Where and what type of hip pain do you have? Front in the hip flexor area? Back in the glute area? Only when running or also when walking too? Sharp pain, dull pain?

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Susan said...

700 - whoa baby!

I use the same shoes until I buy new ones, i.e. I do not rotate.

I'd say MAYBE on the treadmill. I guess if you always run outdoors, as I do, the road does change from block to block.

Congrats, Maddy!!!

At 8:33 AM, Blogger IrishBlue said...

You rock with the 700 miles! Go Maddy go.

I suffer from hip pain too. I have not figured out the cause. I just take motrin for a few days after my long runs.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger MarathonChris said...

Wow, congrats on the 700 miles!!

Hip....this has been a problem for awhile. Maybe one leg is shorter than the other (my problem). Orthotics could address something like that.

Perhaps a PT could tell you.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Jade Lady said...

I get hip problems when I run a long distance, esp. when I don't do my warmup exercises. I now try to rotate my hips clockwise and counterclockwise like doing a slow hula hoop. I do rotation warmup on my ankles and knees like this too. This was something I learned via chi running. It seems to help me. Maybe something to try.

Wow...700 - you're flying high!

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Petraruns said...

Hmm honey - go and get some good advice on this. It might just be tight - it might be worth going to get a good sports massage? My hip can bother me too - I find rolling on the foam roller helps (and hurts, which I guess helps?). But do get it checked out. As far as the treadmill goes I can imagine that perhaps you just pound too much - the same step all the time? What do I know. I just know and understand the frustration of pain and worry about it so am sending you good and healing vibes (but don't wait for those to work - see someone more qualified ;)).

At 5:23 PM, Blogger CewTwo said...

Maddy! Take care!

I was reading one article that told about a tight Iliotibial band with palpation of the superior attachment that is felt as hip pain. The author's suggestion was to perform specific stretches for stretching the IT band. Don't go by what I've read, though as I am probably the least experienced of everyone here. Have you tried massaging the area with the foam roller?

Petra's advice was by far the best. See someone about it. It is good advice.

Last month's Runner's World also had an article on a specific hip muscle injury. You might want to review it.

Since I began training for Chicago, I haven't been on the treadmill. I do so like the freedom of running outdoors (and the varied surfaces and trails/paths).

Congrats on the 700! What an achievement!


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