July 23rd and still no running. I went through three sessions of prolotherapy, however, none improved the condition. It was finally time for an ultrasound and it showed what I have been dreading: labral tear AND two hip spurs (one on each hip). That in essence means my running is over for the rest of the year.
An MRI was scheduled and completed this past Wednesday (July 18), so now I’m just waiting on the official results and the plan. However, while running was off the table, I got to ride a speed bike for the first time (any bike for that matter in seven years). It felt great and not as strenuous and painful on the hip. It seems I have found a new cycling coach too! While he’s aware of my situation, he will be helping to get a recovery plan together with my doctors and possibly a sponsor! I’m excited about this new opportunity and it’s really a motivator to take care of myself now and a quick recovery.
I was making the mistake of running every once in a while even though the hip was hurting. I said: “if it hurts not doing anything, might as well give it a reason…” Yeah, I know. I’ve stopped of course and understood that if I keep running, my recovery will probably be longer.
Hopefully this week I’ll get to find out the results and what the next step will be. I was told labral tears are only fixed with surgery, but maybe I’ll get lucky. Who knows.