My discomfort is within the shaded area, and the more I think about it the more I think I have a pulled/strained/hurt ligament and not a problem with the joint itself.
It kind of makes me feel a little better to think this, although I probably shouldn't.
This wouldn't be a killer for my running season generally, but I have a 10K race this weekend and a 5K/half marathon "double" weekend in a few weeks. I've already come to terms with this weekend's 10K being my slowest ever, and now I have to figure out how to finish a half marathon without doing any long runs in the last few weeks before the race (maybe).
I always figured that if I lost my running mojo it would be due to ankle, knee, or back problems. I never though it'd be a strain here, a strain there, and now my hip. I've never gotten any kind of negative feedback from my hips before. They were always there and did what they were supposed to do without nary a peep. And now? Sigh.
The plan is to take today off after yesterday's 3 miles. Then 4.5 miles tomorrow, and then 10K Saturday. I'm supposed to knock out 11 on Sunday. Yeah, we'll see about that.
Maybe I'll just have to get used to the idea of being a back of the packer after being solidly in the middle of the pack (or slightly above!) my whole running life, but I have been eyeballing the lap pool at my gym a little harder lately and thinking about how non impact it is in there, I have to admit.
Even worse, I'm considering trying... yoga.
The 15 year-old me would hate the 42 year-old me, for sure.