Thanks for your prayers and well wishes. Great Great Great news. I went to the doctor yesterday afternoon and found out it is just a really tight IT Band caused by weak hips. Who knew.
The doctor did x-rays and double checked that nothing was fractured and I am good to go. He set me up on physical therapy for the next 2-3 weeks going 2x’s week. The doc is a sports medicine doc and he is a big cyclist and one time marathoner but he totally lectured me on having too many races on my schedule. He said it could lead to disappointment if something were to happen and it would be a lot of money lost if I couldn’t run in them. Well, I personally look at them as goals. And I like to sign up for the races early so that I am full committed. He also lectured me that this much running would wear my body down and I needed to work on my hips and form if I wanted to run as much as I currently do. Trust me, I will.
I was able to go to PT right after my appointment which was nice. The doc there told me my IT band muscles felt like guitar strings and were a mess. I now have “homework” aka at home exercises to do. And of course the lovely yet oh so painful foam roller. I have been using it but this time he gave me specifics to do for a certain amount of time. Let the tears begin to roll down my face in pain 🙂
So, bottom line. They think I will be running in 2 weeks (maybe sooner) and I can still do the elliptical, yoga, weights etc. Just no running yet. Perfect time to get in all of that cross training I have been wanting to do. They did say I can run New Orleans, just maybe not for a PR. I’ll take that, as long as I can still run.