I’m sure most of you have seen this video by now, but I’ll post it anyway:
Most people in that video were me yesterday – my mom and friend Kristen had both seen the video, and kept pointing out how much I resembled then. They laughed when, at Friendly’s, I saw some guy limping along and knew to say “congratulations!” (This is also how I identified marathoners the day after Boston).
I’m surprisingly fine today though. My gait is pretty normal, and I don’t really look like a day after marathoner at all. My only problem is my right hip flexor. I’m actually really worried about it, because I don’t get why my right one is in agony while my left is totally fine. My right is basically very, very tight, and it’s almost impossible for me to lift my leg using leg muscles alone. Walking is fine (though I haven’t tried heels yet, which I’ll need to wear to work tomorrow), because it’s a back-and-forth movement rather than an up-and-down. Stairs however, are a major problem.
On my way to a barbecue on my friend Adam’s roofdeck this afternoon (5th floor, no elevator), I literally stopped at the bottom and just stared up the many flights I was supposed to climb (see that video for a pretty good imitation). My two options are putting the left foot on each step and then using my body to just drag the right foot up to meet it like a toddler taking the stairs one at a time (like I said, my left flexor is fine), or using both legs as usual but using my hands to pick up and support my right thigh so that it doesn’t have to lift the weight of the leg itself. Both look pretty stupid.
My old manager Rob (who I watched in the NYC Marathon last year and who arguably got me interested in marathons in the first place) said that he had the exact same problem after his marathons, and that it was necessary to take two to three weeks off running completely. That if I tried to run, it would mess it up all over again, and that walking is the only fitness activity I should try. And I get that it’s injured and that I should let it rest. If I need to do that, fine. But I’m more interested in why it’s like that. I didn’t have a single bit of soreness in my hip flexors after my 22.5 mile long run (or any other run, for that matter), and I’m not sure why adding 3.7 miles would give me this problem in such a severe way. And more than that… why is it just in the right hip and not in the left? Not even a little bit in the left?
I suppose I should go to a doctor, but I’ll save that for if it’s not better in a few days. For now: has anyone else experienced this? What caused it? What do you do?