Feeling green…..

Green with envy that is, but I’ll get to this is a minute.

Friday I had my follow up doctors visit for my hip, and I was told, “we hope that you can return to most of your activities eventually and maybe even all of them.”  Ummmm…… yeah, that wasn’t very encouraging.

So, this little hip issue started a couple of months ago, and I went to the doctor on June 29th which was just a few days before the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.  The doctor said he believed the problem was my sacroiliac joint, and that I should take the next 2 1/2 weeks off from running and start some physical therapy, then I needed to return for a follow up.  I left that day feeling optimistic, but I was pretty annoyed about the time off with the PTRR coming up that week.  I was told that I could still walk it, so I decided that’s what I’d do.

Yep, that's me with the flags on my head.  I can't run, so I might as well have fun.

Yep, that’s me with the flags on my head. I can’t run, so I might as well have fun.

I walked about the first 2 1/2 miles of it with the help of a coffee that I stopped in to buy during the race,

My coffee that I picked up while walking

My coffee that I bought

and a few distractions like the 92 year old man who hadn’t missed a PTRR yet.

He hasn't missed a PTRR yet

What an inspiration!

Soon though, I finished my coffee, and I lost interest in the distractions, and I just became really annoyed that I couldn’t run when everyone around me was running.  ARRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  Just before cardiac hill, I started running the downhills.  My hip actually felt better running down them instead of walking anyway, but I would stick to walking on all uphills and flats.  I finished the PTRR in 1:29:07 which is kind of surprising with as much as I walked, but that just aggravates me even more I think because I wonder what I could have ran it in.

After the PTRR, I took my time off which has been hard, but luckily, I’ve taken up biking and swimming to train for triathlons, so it wasn’t horrible.  I’ve increased my weekly mileage on the bike, and it’s given me time to focus more on swimming which is definitely my weakest part of the triathlon, but the additional time to focus on biking and swimming has also made me want to do another triathlon even more which brings me to the green with envy part.

I LOVE my running buddies and groups, but coming home Friday after the discouraging doctor’s appointment to read on Facebook about all the excitement they were having over their upcoming triathlons was really kind of a bummer.  I have to say that I was pretty jealous, envious, whatever you want to call it.  I wanted to be doing a triathlon too!  With that being said though, I was excited for them, so I wasted quite a bit of time on Saturday and Sunday reading their every post about the preparation and actual running of their triathlons.  They obviously didn’t understand how much I was trying to live vicariously through them over the weekend because they didn’t post nearly enough!  😉

My physical therapy FINALLY starts tomorrow, and I can’t wait to get back out there and join my friends on the road as soon as possible….hopefully sooner rather than later.


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