It's not horrible either, but I am beginning to lose hope. I ran 4 miles at a pretty easy pace. Cardio-wise, I felt pretty good....it felt good to be getting the heart rate going and to just be out there running! However, the hip hurt the entire 4 miles. Not a horrendous "I can't take another step" sort of way....but as in "let me adjust my gait, so that it hurts as little as possible" kind of way. I was envious of the people I saw enjoying their morning run. This was not enjoyable. This was "Oh sh*t, how am I supposed to run 26.2 miles in a week???". I will say that toward the end of my 4-miler, the hip did start to feel a bit better. Maybe because it had finally warmed up? I was tempted to run a little more just to test this theory, but then decided I should go ahead and stop. Why risk it?
The rest of the group was running 6, so I had time to do my stretches before meeting up with everyone for coffee. To be honest, after that, the hip didn't feel awful. However, it has bothered me off and on all afternoon. One minute it feels okay, then I step funny and it hurts again. And to make matters worse, I let my emotions get the best of me - I drowned my frustration in a slice of pizza and 3 cookies at a football party today. Stupid.
As for the marathon, Friday was the final day to switch races or defer, so that's no longer an option. Coach feels that if I am looking at the big picture, I should not run the marathon next weekend for fear of making things worse and having to take more time off after the race. This might jeopardize my plans for the 70.3. Not running at all didn't really cross my mind (much) until that e-mail from Coach. I am struggling with what to do. I've never DNSed, never DNFed, never been this injured.
Sigh. I see the Dr again on Monday, so I'll see how that goes. I may attempt a short run again on Tuesday or Wednesday before I make my final decision.
There's not much more to say, except that this kinda sucks. :-(
On a happier note, the Texans won today!!!!! It was an amazing game and I loved every minute of it. Finally, we have a great team again. Wooohooo!!!