Please help! I just started running this year. I started at running about 2 miles a day, now I'm up to 4-5 miles a day. But lately my hips have been bothering me. Is this normal? Is there something I can do to relieve the ache and pain? If so, please let me know!! Thanks!!!
I'm going to take your post at face value - that "2 miles a day" and "4-5 miles a day" mean every day, as in 7 days a week. Hopefully not, because that is "too much, too soon" for a beginner. 2 miles a day, every other day, wouldn't be too bad to start if you're taking it easy. Even so, increasing to 4-5 miles per run in two months is pretty steep and could very well be the source of your hip pain. Your muscles obviously need time to adapt to the increased workload, but the rest of your musculoskeletal system - tendons, ligament, joints, bones - is equally, if not moreso, in need of time to adjust. You're probably going to have to take time off until the pain is gone, then re-introduce running more gradually.
Heidi- Len knows what he is talking about, trust him. This forum has taught me that the general rule is to not increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% each week, and that you should have some fall back weeks where you cover less mileage to give your body a chance to recover. Other thought- shoes - did you go to a running store to have your gait examined before selecting your shoes?
I expereinced some hip pain as well early on as well (but not from over use). I make a concerted effort to stretch my hips and I periodicaly search youtube for "yoga for runners hip exercises" and do some hip opening exercises. But again, I trust in Len, sounds like over use.
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i'd slow down a bit. make sure you have rest days until you build up. sounds like you built up pretty quickly so maybe you were just pushing yourself to hard.
Have someone check your gait, run on ideally a dirt track or trail and make sure you are using new properly fitted shoes. I would recommend that you rest the hips for a week - 10 days, ice regularly, use a foam roller and when pain subsides start back slowly, everyother day. 10% per week farther is a good rule of thumb. You can augment your running with cycling for good results.
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