I've been away from running for quite a long time because of knee
stress/injuries due to XC skating (used wrong technique and bad
equipment). I started to run again in late April and everything has
worked pretty well up to last Wednesday, when I attended a training
race which is arranged every week. The race goes around a lake and
one round is 3250 m. Before you start, you register and say how many
rounds you are going to run. I registered for two rounds.
I felt fine after the start and ran easily at a pace of about
6:30-6:40/mile for about 2 km. Then I suddenly felt a small glitch
and "crack" sound in my left hip. I didn't feel any pain at once,
but sure it came after about ten seconds. I had to stop running
because of the intense pain when the left foot hit the ground, but I
could walk more or less normally as long as I didn't take long steps
and didn't put too much weight on the left foot. The pain was almost
like after you fall severly and hit the ground heavily with your
Back home after 20 minutes in the car, the pain had increased but
was most intense when trying to walk up stairs and even small
uphills. I decided to consult a medical if I was not feeling any
better the day after, but I was feeling slightly better the next
morning and haven't done any medical consulting or xrays yet. The
pain has disappeared more and more, but I still have problems going
straight up stairs.
What worries me, is that I heard/felt a crack sound in the hip. On
the other hand, I say to myself that if anything had been tored off,
this wouldn't seem to cure so fast. In a day or two I hope to do
some light running again and see how it works.
Sounds like your injury is more serious than mine, and I wish you
all luck. Please let us know the results of your MRI.
I finally went to a chiropractor (who was also a former national class runner)
who diagnosed me with Piriformis Syndrome. There is a band of muscles that runs
under the gluteus muscles and attaches from the lower back to the hip (the
Piriformis muscle). When this gets really tight it can manifest a whole host of
symptoms including bulging discs, arthritis, and tendonitis. Yours sounds
similar to mine.
My chiropractor found my pelvis was horribly misaligned leaning to the left (my
pain was in the left hip). He surmised this was caused by years of running on
crowned roads. He did a # of manipulations and got me straightened out. I had
suffered with this for over 5 years. This coupled with specific stretches for
the Piriformis muscle did the trick for me. See this site for info and pictures