What could be wrong with The Hip?

The Hip, the good old Hip...Well, it seemed much better after this weekend's running. Not sore at all. All's good.

But apparently nothing's easy in my book, because last night, 30 minutes on my way on the treadmill (dreadmill, dreadmill, dreadmill, I blame the dreadmill!), it started hurting again. Running through it made it worse. Iced it at home, stretched it, but today, it's still sore. Cancelled tonight's running group practice (speedwork = not good for hip) and will hit the road for 40 minutes at easy pace instead (as scheduled by the way...I'm totally adding extra mileage and speedwork to my marathon schedule...bad girl, I know!).

What's bugging me is: I can't seem to figure out what's wrong with it. The pain is located at the side of my hip (the part that sticks out) and that part of the hip feels irritated. The PT says 'stretch it and stick to the schedule' (as in, not adding an extra 10 miles a week to it...). Well, haven't really tried the sticking to the schedule yet, and I am really going to do that starting now (promise!) and I also gave up the thought of having a go at BQ-ing in New York (and on my first road marathon, that is), but still. The PT thinks it's the old IT-band again (she might have said that it also could have something to do with me not taking any days off from running after the marathon...). But hearing stories about Bursitis and cortisone shots (and about not running for 2 (!!!) months or more!) makes me a bit (very!!!) nervous.

So, I Googled (I know, I'm self-diagnosing here...occupational hazard) the anatomy of the hip. Fascinating thing, the hip, I must say!

And then I stopped Googling, because the next pictures that came up were these (and these are the non-disgusting ones):

Still clueless. I'll try to stick to my schedule for the next couple of weeks, and then see what to do. Might it be an idea to ask my doctor for X-rays? I don't know.
This Hip-thing is just mentally really hard on me (I'm complaining, I know).
Thanks for listening! :)
Update: Ran 4.9 miles / 7.8 km - 42 minutes - with dogs and runningbuddy A
Do you have any thoughts or advice on this one?


Becka said...

Maybe another visit to the chiro and stay off the treadmill? Every running related injury I have had I've noticed after doing treadmill work. (although 85% of my running is on treadmill). I hope it feels better soon!

T said...

No advice. Do you think it's bone, though? Your doctor may order a bone scan to rule out a stress fracture. Be careful!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Becka Yep, def another visit to the chiro. Same thing happened last week after the treadmill; weird!

@ T That bone scan might be an idea; thanks!

Run Jess Run said...

Treadmill=owie!! I always feel a little sore after running on it!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Jess I have a love/hate-relationship with the dreadmill...well, it's actually more 'hate' at the moment...

RunToTheFinish said...

it sounds like your ITB, that's exactly what I had and where it hurt to a t! I started doing dynamic stretching prior to running and always stretching after I run..plus foam roller never hurts HAHA and some leg lifts to strengthen that area

M said...

Ouch! Sounds familiar though!

Silly Girl Running said...

@ Amanda: good advice! Will try the stretching before and after my runs! I do use The Stick, but will consider also trying a foam roller. :)

@ M: Pfffieuw! Glad I'm not the only one! :)