• luv and kiwi

    Be careful and good to your bawd lady!!! My bestie was training for the marathon and started suffering from a sore hip…It ended up jacking up her butt big time. She was in physical therapy for a year…she had torn something crazy in her butt muscle.

  • boilermomof4

    Dearest Heather,

    I am recommending Glucosamine Chondroitin dietary supplement. I am a 40-something who teaches Zumba and without the Glucosamine I would not be able to teach my classes. My old lady mother told me about it, how it saved her aching knees, and after about a week of taking these horse pills, my hip ached no more. I take them every morning with breakfast and I love them.

    Lube up those hips, girl.

    Love,

    Kelly

  • tokenblogger

    So I did some research and came up with this:

    “Friday 02 March 2001
    Ran 4 miles tonight in preparation for the LA Marathon that I’m not going to run. Who in their right mind would run 26 miles? Do you know how far that is? That’s about 22 miles farther than I ever want to run in one helping. Runners are freaks.”

    Maybe your past was actually speaking to your future. Like now.

  • Daddy Scratches

    My longest run is about 5 miles … and I, for some time, have been on the fence about upping that to some serious long-distance running … but I must say that this series of posts about your marathon training has really inspired me. To never, ever, ever run again, that is.

  • Billygean

    Top left hand corner of MRI image. Look like a foetus to anyone else?

    *Has freaked self out with weirdo-ness*

    BG

  • sarahdoow

    So glad you’ll still be up for running. I can’t have any MRIs on account of metal in my head. So I kinda want to leave my body to science so that when I’m gone they can put me in an MRI and see if my head would actually have exploded. That’s not weird, is it?

  • sweetpotatopie

    Lucky you, back to the running! You really are going to do this! And it will be the most empowering experience of your life.

    I had an MRI last a few days ago and it was the most relaxing 30 minutes of my week; I begged to stay in there awhile longer. Moms take their peace and quiet wherever we can damn well get it.

    I have an appointment with an orthopod next week, named, I shit you not, Dr. Bone. How could I NOT go to that guy??

  • cory212

    This is concrete proof that running is stupid. It causes injuries and pain. Is it really worth it? A friend of mine has been training for months and is up to 60 miles a week…a WEEK! You have too short a time to prepare and it’s not safe.

    Just sayin….

  • Juls

    OMG! Too funny!
    Seriously, I hope you heal up quickly.

  • sarahfromthenorth

    I’ve never seen an MRI of the hip before, what is that knob there? Is that the hip joint?

    I don’t know if you should be hurting after every run, that doesn’t seem right for an amateur runner like me. I run about twice a week, 3-4 km (hmm .. 2 miles ea time) and I don’t hurt .. ever .. and I’m 47 with not alot of prior running experience (took it up 2 yrs ago but don’t run consistently).

    Be careful .. it’s not worth injuring anything permanently.

  • Anu

    So glad its not a stress fracture, those can be a bitch. My hubs had one of those and he still kept running. He was so not fun to be around. If he hadn’t already raised $3000 for my charity, I would have gladly broken his leg for him.

    Anyway, I digress. Point being, keep stretching and be sure to strengthen your hips with weight training on the side and hopefully, your second marathon will be a breeze :)

  • dad

    If I turn the MRI picture sideways….wait…are those your mommy parts?

  • katdenk

    Am I missing something? Where’s your butt? Isn’t this a sideways view of your hip? No butt…where’s the doctor for that?

    But I’m glad to read there’s no fracture.

  • psweet

    So… 73 miles in 4 weeks – You’ve run 2.6 miles a day????? YowZah … really???

  • jilllovesbacon

    Even before you said it I was thinking, “that’s because you’re the valedictorian of MRIs.” Thank goodness you’re NOT the valedictorian of stress fractures. Rest up, woman!

  • Anxious Annie

    The pain you described sounds like SCIATICA. Had it once – not fun. You can support them in a HUGE way online without running. I say it’s not worth the wear and tear on your body. Next thing you know you’ll have a PROLAPSED UTERUS. Look that one up (if you dare). P.S. Your fans will not be disappointed or think any less of you if you don’t run.

  • Anxious Annie

    cory212 said:
    This is concrete proof that running is stupid. It causes injuries and pain. Is it really worth it?

    I SO agree!!!

  • jacqueline

    as i don’t know anything about running or medicine, my feedback is:

    i think it can be either egad or egads, because both are derivitive of the exclamation YE GODS!

    glad you’re still going to be able to run!

    **just had to edit this comment for a serious misspelling of the word medicine (madecine?!), so take my linguistic analyses cum grano salis.

  • snapshotmemoirs

    Ok, love those surgeons…when you need surgery. Hate the pill-popping, shot giving mentality of medicine today. You should be careful about cortisone injections. People think it’s harmless, quick and easy, when in fact it’s very destructive to ALL tissues. Nonspecifically it will eat away at the integrity of bone, ligament, tendon, etc. The rule we use in the medical world is 2/joint/lifetime because any more than that and you end up needing to fix the damage caused by your that “fix”. A marathon is not worth it. Give your body ample warm-up, stretch, recovery time and forget the shots. Besides, you still must be gentle with yourself as it’s an enormous anti-inflammatory, but won’t necessarily heal your injury. So you could make it worse by overworking it while it feels better.

    Just my 2 cents. Good luck and hope you feel back to your old self here soon!

  • NicoleC

    I feel you lady. I had the same kind of pain in my hip last year when I was running a whole bunch. My ass would go numb with tingling sometimes. I had to stop running and was so pissed that I found myself secretly hating random runners in our neighborhood. Swimming was my savior for a while. Glad to know you’ll be on your feet soon!

  • MaLo

    Dude…sounds like sciatica. I have it. And running always worsens it…which is why I can only run 2, 3 miles (tops) at a time.

    You don’t want to mess around with this stuff. When I started to have the pains you describe (esp while running), I thought “oh, I’ll work through it.” After some time, I was seeing a chiropractor weekly and going through physical therapy.

    If you do continue to run, strengthen your core, big time. My PT said that was key. As well as stretching really well before and after. And ditto on the swimming. There’s more suggestions online.

    Stay healthy!

  • Crazy Card Lady

    Why, why, why? I am a retired runner of 30+ years. Just had disc surgery in May. I was in so much pain I wanted to die. I have learned that it is not worth putting yourself through hell whether you are doing it to be in shape or a charitable cause. On top of what it takes away from your quality of life when you are injured. On top of not being able to take care of your family. Some humans are not meant to run. But if you must, I am sure your trainer has told you that you must be favoring one leg over the other. So when you spin you’ve got to use your weak leg and turn off your strong one.

  • writtendad

    Oddly enough, an MRI was on my bucket list! (Small world!) After reading this, I’ve decided it would be okay to cross it off my list as well because, you know, you pretty much rocked it for two people to take credit.

    But holy shit! This marathon is important, yes, just don’t forget about you.

  • brandychome

    As if running weren’t bad enough for you already there’s “runner’s face” to worry about.

    http://tinyurl.com/3mksrhz

  • Janice

    So glad to hear you are okay. You run and be glorious and change the world. You seem to be doing a great job of taking care of you in the process. I applaud your tenacity.

  • mmh

    marathon training will make you completely crazy. you’ll do anything to get to the start line and you’ll drag yourself across the finish if needed. Cortizone will make you feel so much better, at least temporarily. You can go back for another shot a few days before the big race .. just so you can survive (I did that so that I could run on a sprained ankle – yes, 26.2 miles on a sprained ankle. By mile 18 my foot was so swollen I had to untie my shoe and loosen the laces all of the way, but hey I finished!).

    Also, dude, just stop the excessive cross-training right now. Let it be about the marathon and do the other crap when the race is over. Run, eat, stretch, sleep.

  • curlsz

    runners are like meth addicts – that’s all i got to say on that

    oh and my mom’s in sports medicine – in an area where football is king – they see more runners than football players

    like i said meth addicts!

  • Failjolesfail

    *I* am the valedictorian of MRIs.

    Spent 4 hours in it last month, trying to figure out where between my brain and my pinkies my ulnar nerve is getting pinched.

    It’s too bad they didn’t tell you what I figured out on my own…they don’t care what you eat or drink before going in the tube. Glass of wine? No problem!

    I, in fact, fell asleep. They kept having to yell at me to wake up because I was twitching, or worse, because I WAS SWALLOWING. MRI of your neck? Means no swallowing for 5+ minutes in a row.

    We still don’t know where they are pinched, but we do know that it’s not MS, not a disc, and not extra ribs or weird muscles.

    And that with a glass of wine, I really can sleep anywhere.

  • OldDogNewTits

    You did the right thing. Runners run. It’s hard to explain but I get it. As much as I hate it beforehand … every time, I might add … I’m always thrilled when I’m done. And, as far as your ass-to-face activities, we can all look forward to pap smears, mammograms and, God forbid, colonoscopies in our futures. I’m sure yours was FAR better than the worse he’s ever seen. :)

  • Smiddlemore

    Please please please. Never “jump” into a shower very dangerous. *wink

  • jalla

    I once got prescribed a cortisone injection in the doctor’s office, I always research things later, but that got injected then and there. I’ll say this, please research cortisone in case you get offered it at a later time. It is a scary drug when not administered locally (ie. on your skin or in inhalers).

  • Mommaschmoop

    HAHA! Oh, Heather…if only you knew HOW MANY bare butts I give injections to on a regular basis. If you’d have caused more ruckus while you were on the psych ward you would’ve been a seasoned pro when it came to getting gluteal IM’s!

  • Reluctant Launderer

    I had a leg MRI yday too. Scan pic nowhere near as exciting as yours (no foetus, no lady parts etc). Somewhat embarassingly, I asked them to turn off the loud thumpy house music, because I was hoping to nab a 15 min snooze. Assistant pointed out to me v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y that said thumpy music was in fact the machine and, thus, not turn-off-able.

  • filmlady

    OK I’ve seen a lot of MRIs in my day, but holy crap, what IS that??

  • TanyaK

    That’s your hip? Where’s your ass?!

  • TanyaK

    I only ask because that looks like it could be my arm.

  • tallnoe

    I love looking at MRI pictures. Yes, I’m weird. But all I’ve seen thus far is knees. So a hip is fascinating.

    So, thank you.

    Oh, and I’m SUPAH glad you’re going to go back to running. Because if it makes you happy (even if it is really strange), DO IT!

  • TurdFerguson

    My motto: The only reason to run is if you’re being chased. I used to imitate Sally O’Malley all the time, kicking my leg & doing lunges, “I’m fifty”! I didn’t find it as funny when I actually did turn 50, I haven’t done it since….

  • Steph Bachman

    1. Anxious Annie, many women eventually have some degree of uterine prolapse. Even nuns, who presumably do not have sex or give birth (or run). Not a doctor and did not stay at Holiday Inn, but did read my sister’s OB/GYN journals.

    2. I have sciatica too, and I find that it is caused (get this!) mostly by my chair at work. It makes sense, though, since I run for about an hour and I sit in the chair for eight to ten hours, that the chair might be the problem. Solution? Sitting on the exercise ball. Dorky-looking (no one has a hankering for an exercise ball) and potentially dangerous if you don’t pay attention, but way easier on the behind.

  • Steph Bachman

    So, thought more about your hip while sitting on my exercise ball (switched from the chair even though I’m wearing a skirt – HA!) and in the interest of full disclosure, your hip may (probably?) have nothing to do with your office chair.

    It’s just that I love the running and therefore I don’t want it to create an injury.

    And, if running is actually creating my problem (I actually think it is the spin bike, but whatever), the ball does make it feel better.

  • danise

    Having run for 15+ years, all I can tell you is get thee to a chiropractor who is certified in Active Release Technique (unfortunately, it’s not as titillating as it sounds). It’s like a deep tissue massage that you wish on your worst enemy. It hurt like a mofo, but it’s the only thing that helps my soft tissue injuries, my muscles and tendons mock regular PT. Good luck! And remember to take Immodium the morning of the race!

  • rosepeck

    I know it’s been said a few times already, but this sounds just like sciatic pain. I am pregnant for the second time and am dealing with it for the second time. The things that help are massage, chiropractic care, multiple times icing each day, and a belly support band. You could probably benefit from all of the above except the belly support :)

    Good luck in your marathon!!! I did a half last year and it was hard but feels so great when you’re done! Can’t imagine going twice as far but you can do it! Best wishes for a quick fix for the pain – hopefully a chiropractor can help you get back in alignment pretty quickly. It does seem to work miracles sometimes.

  • Sparklemommy

    I would highly recommend reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Not only will you feel like running is the best thing that could possibly happen to you in your life, but it will also make a marathon look like a walk in the park. There is also a lot of great information about why runners get hurt and how to avoid it. My favorite advice includes wearing old cheap shoes instead of brand new expensive ones. Also you will learn about the raramuri now you have to read it!

  • sugarleg

    Heather, I know you’re overburdened with ADVICE, but f*ck it, I am going to give you some because it’s good and I am right.

    I am runner, am 40, and pretty much only focus on half marathons; I do 2-3 of them a year. (Real Marathons are too crazy for me.) Anyhoodle, please look up Active Release Technique. The website is activerelease *dot* com. Find someone in SLC (I already looked, there’s like 87 of them there b/c so many athletes) who does it and get your boney, sore ass in there. ART is bodywork for athletes that focuses on SOFT TISSUE injuries and injury prevention. The NFL is all about it and you know how beat up those guys get. Ironman triathletes use it to stay injury-free. IT WORKS.

    Do it. OH and REST FOR GOD SAKES. Rest more important for runners sometimes than running.

    xo,
    Justine

  • useharmony

    Your my hero. I had to have an MRI when I was 22 weeks pregnant. I couldnt do it. COULD NOT GO IN THAT MACHINE. Talk about anxiety. I actually chose surgery over an MRI. Bat shit crazy – yep, thats me.(everything turned out fine (expect for my right ovary which is no longer in my body, but whatev.)

  • LisaAR

    I had an extremely difficult time in an “open” MRI…I could not do a closed one. No way. It makes my chest tight just reading about it.

    My niece just ran the Chicago Marathon this past Sunday. It was uber cool. It was her first, and she came in at 3:42–and was irritated that she had such a “slow” start. Ah, youth. Oh, yeah…did I mention she’s 23? Me? I’ll stick to 5ks…