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Pelvis progress report: Holding up during hills and hard surfaces

I’ve run 11 times since coming back from a stress fracture in my pelvis. Saturday’s run was my first away from the soft trails of Austin’s Town Lake. That meant hills and hard surfaces.

(What, you thought the headline meant something else? Get your minds out of the gutter people!)

The encouraging news is that I felt stronger as the run got longer.

Mile splits

1. 9:22 (warming up)

2. 8:06

3. 8:30 (first hill)

4. 8:03

5. 7:48

6. 7:12 (mostly downhill)

7. 7:44

8. 7:29

During my first few runs after coming back from this injury, I felt very stiff in the first few miles and the stiffness wouldn’t go away for about 2 miles. Lately, including Saturday, the stiffness seems to be gone before the first half-mile mark. And I don’t feel any pain during the run.

Of course, the second I stop running, there is some pain. And lots of stiffness. By the time I drive home and get out of my car, I’m kind of limping to the front door of my apartment. Scary. But the doc told me there might be days like this, and that inflammation would set in my pelvis when I stopped moving. He said I could treat this with ice and ibuprofen. So I do, and the pain and stiffness goes away and there is no soreness the next day.

So, of course, I’m still not 100 percent, and I may not be for awhile. But I do feel like I’m improving and getting stronger.

It’s just going to take some time.

Disobeying the doctor’s orders: I’m running again

Call me stupid. Insane. Crazy. Hard-headed.

I’ve been running. Not real fast. Not real far. But I’ve been moving faster than an old blue-haired woman at the mall.

Running. With my running shoes on. And socks. And shorts. And my singlet.

Blink. Gulp. Deep breath.

Now I know what you are going to say: “Didn’t the doctor tell you three months of no running?”

Yep. He said that. But maybe he got the timeframe wrong.

Everyone I’ve talked to with this kind of injury can’t walk, feels sharp pains in their pelvis, needs crutches. And, most importantly, feels excruciating pain when they attempt to run.

Since I’ve been diagnosed with this pelvis stress fracture, and subsequently have not run, I’ve felt pain in my hip, not pelvis. I don’t need crutches. I don’t have sharp pain. Or any pain at all in my pelvis. The doctor actually told me to check back with him in mid-April to see how I’m progressing and if I felt better, he’d let me run then.

But I’m feeling better now. I wanna run now. So Tuesday, I decided to go to bootcamp and do ab work and run two miles on the trails. Felt no pain afterwards.

Then Wednesday, I ran 2.5 miles pain free. And Thursday, today 4.5 miles.

Everything but my pelvis hurt. Knees. Ankles. Quads. And, yeah, there was some soreness in the muscle around my pelvis and hip. I guess everything was waking up from a month of dormancy. But my pelvis didn’t hurt. And in fact, as the miles ticked off on today’s run, I felt better and better and better.

So, I’m back to running. Slow. Easy. And I’ve moved up my appointment with the doctor to this Monday. And unless he tells me to stop running, then I’m running.

By the way, don’t tell my doctor.

Today’s run: