It came on slowly and ended with a big painful ache.
My left hip hurts. And when it was at its worst, my knee hurt.
I self-diagnosed IT band syndrome and stockpiled my foam roller, ice packs and ibuprofen. Still, when I got up from a long session of sitting at my desk, I cringed in pain.
The only thing that fixed it was a long hot bath and a glass of Pinot Gris.
All this means no running. Luckily(?) it happened on a step-back week when I was only supposed to run six miles. This next weekend though is a looming 11 miles. Tomorrow I'll be back at it with a slow three mile run to see how the ol' hip does. Then, hopefully, ramp back up to full training.
I have a sports medicine appointment for Oct. 25, which is the soonest appointment time AFTER my begging.
If a bubble bath and glass of wine are the only things that keep me on track for my training, so be it.