Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SO HIP IT HURTS - Large Labral Tear in Left Hip

When my hip hurts I make a "pun-ny pain" playlist - at least I still have a sense of humor. ;-)  Although, to be honest, I'd rather be adding songs to my Philly Marathon training playlist. UGH! :-(

I've had intermittent pain in my hip for a while but I was able to keep running. When the pain became more frequent, I went to see a sports medicine doctor a couple weeks before the Boston Marathon. I had an MRI which found a bunch of problems including a large labral tear in my left hip. I tried physical therapy and one cortisone injection, which seemed to help for a while.

Unfortunately, the pain has returned with a vengeance. Over the past few weeks the pain has been so intense that I'm now considering arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear. I scheduled the surgery, but I'm still debating on whether or not I'll keep the appointment. Even though I'm currently unable to run (or walk or sit) without serious pain, the reality that I'd be completely unable to run for 3-6+ months if I had surgery is overwhelming. I'm grateful that a friend, who had a successful result from the surgery, has been brutally honest about the recovery progress. Yikes.

I've also been searching online and found many helpful articles and posts that I've listed below. One of the benefits of the intranet is easy access to LOTS of information. ;-)

Are you a runner with a labral tear in your hip(s)? If so, please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Thanks for your help!

And, very special thanks to Mark Remy (Dumb Runner) for making me laugh. ;-)

For more information...

The 5 Most Important Things to Know When Having Hip Arthroscopy

Labral Tear and Hip Arthroscopy 101

Top Five “Must Haves” for Hip Labral Surgery (plus 2 bonus tips)

Labral Hip Tear/FAI Surgery Recovery Checklist

Patient Perspective & Surgery Essentials: Hip Labrum Repair / FAI Surgery

My Experience with Arthroscopic Hip Surgery to repair a torn labrum and FAI

HIP, HIP, HIP HURRAY – Recovering from a Hip Arthroscopy! arthroscopy/

Hip: Post Hip Arthroscopy Rehab Phase 1 & 2

Hip Arthroscopy Recovery Journal

My Painful Hip Surgery Journey and Recovery

A Tale of Two Hips

The Ending of One Chapter

Hips and Needles

Labral Tear, Don't Care

Labral Tear Repair Surgery - Post-Op Weeks 5-6

Bilateral Labral Tear Surgery - The Return to Running Update

Fueling for the Long Run: Keep Calm, Eat Well, Run Strong

Stepping Stones After Surgery

That's All She Wrote

Return to Running After FAI Surgery Program

FAI Surgery - Reflections on the First 6 Weeks

Another FAI Blog: One person's experience with Femoroacetabular Impingement

My Torn Labrum - Hip Surgery

From Injury to Ironman: The Road Ahead

From Injury to Ironman: 5 1/2 Months Post-Op Road Block

High rate of return to running following arthroscopic hip surgery

Tips for Recovering Patients Following Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

Endurance Athlete Back in Action After Hip Surgery

How Surgery Helped Heal Athlete’s Hip Impingement

Hip Arthroscopy & recovery - A Patients Perspective: for femoral acetabular impingement with labral tear

A Runner's Guide to Hip Impingement

Triathlete can recover from hip labral tear

Return to running after arthroscopic hip surgery

Athlete’s Six Year Battle with Pain Ends after Hip Surgery

Patient Testimonial - Hip Surgery

One Week - Off to a great start

Labral Tear Recovery Update

Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Boston Marathon - Soaking It All In

Three months ago today I started and finished the 2018 Boston Marathon.

As usual, it's been difficult for me to find the words to describe my experience. There were so many meaningful moments on Marathon Monday as well as on the days before and after the marathon.

I'm publishing this post today in hopes that I will finally put my thoughts and feelings into words and add to this post over the next few weeks - or probably months to be honest. ;-)

In the meantime, I'll share some of my serendipitous moments I posted on Twitter.

3 months ago

I need to start writing about the serendipitous moments I’ve already experienced in Boston before I forget... #BostonMarathon #TogetherForward

While boarding trolley to Expo, I received 2 compliments on my @TwinsRun shirt which led to a nice conversation with a woman from Scotland

While waiting for @WomensRunning seminar, the 2 women sitting next to me complimented me on my @TwinsRun shirt because they both have twin daughters which led to another interesting conversation

It was fun to run into Twitter friends: @run_DADDY_run at the Expo & @MarathonMin on the trolley. May the miles ahead be good to you! 💙💛

I got lost in the Expo but found @ScottJurek.

I got lost in the Expo (again) and ran into Dave McGillivray @DMSE

I finally met Neely Spence Gracey! 🤗 And, I told Deena Kastor I loved her audiobook “Let Your Mind Run” even though I cried listening to the part about 9/11 & the NYC Marathon. 😢

Grateful for the opportunity to share my story with @cogwbur:
Your Stories: The Boston Marathon Is More Than A Race

Random stranger asks: “Are to running tomorrow?” then gives a huge thumbs up 👍 

Someone asked for advice since this is her 1st #BostonMarathon and I said “Soak it all in” (while you’re soaked 🤣)

Talked with a #motherrunner who qualified on her 1st attempt! 👍 She’s also here solo & we both won @KTape raffle prize after @runmeb’s talk at #RWBoston Pop-Up Shop. 🙌

It’s always a joy to listen to Meb. He is so kind & has a wonderful sense of humor. 💙💛 #ThankYouMeb #TeamMR8

Thanks to the anonymous donor for your generous donation to @AlexsLemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer! 🍋

Tomorrow should be interesting 🙏🦄

Thanks to @erinkellysays for sharing. Fighting childhood cancer one mile at a time with @AlexsLemonade! 🍋

6 Boston Marathon Charity Runners Who Could Use Your Help

Oops. I meant to add these tweets to my #Boston2018 serendipitous moments thread.

Thanks, mom
#BostonMarathon #Boston2018

What are the odds?!? Just ran into @jennbell45!

Then, moments later @jfpschorr & I passed each other on the escalators. 

Oops. 2 left feet.


Had a great time at the @Runstreet & @ClifBar #BostonShakeoutArtRun.
Will share more photos after I finish the #BostonMarathon

Grateful to hear Amby Burfoot share his story at the @runnersworld Pop-Up Shop today 

Curious to see how my body will handle this weather challenge. 
We’re all in this together! 🌧

Grateful for spectators & volunteers! 
Can’t wait to hand out these @TwinsRun thank you cards! 

And I gave myself a concussion getting on the bus 🚌
Ziploc bag selfie on bus 🚌 to Hopkinton 

And, I have a #BostonMarathon bus buddy! 🚌

I know I’ll regret complaining about this later but I’m so hot on this bus 🚌🔥

“you have a visitor” - a stranger said moments before this squirrel jumped on my leg 😱

Thank you to the kind gentleman who offered to take my photo 

The day after

Right on Hereford
Left on Boylston

Where @LeahCville would’ve been cheering me if she could have
 💙💛 #TwinsRunBoston

Thanks @tracksmith & @CoffeeByLT! 💙💛 

Scrolled through dozens of unidentified photos & finally found my CITGO sign 🙌 #BostonMarathon #TwinsRunBoston

Dedicated my 26.2 miles to Gabe & Alex who inspire me to make my miles matter. Thanks to all for your ongoing support & generous donations. Fighting childhood cancer - one mile at a time! 

There were many moments when I wondered if I was ever going to reach this finish line and I am so grateful for every step it took to get there 

Overwhelmed with emotions on Boylston Street as I literally & figuratively soaked in every moment. Tears of joy, tears of pain, tears of sorrow. Thanks for all your support! 

Scream Tunnel Signs and leah connor

Grateful for #TheAfghanWhigs music that helped me succeed at my 12th BQ attempt at the #PhillyMarathon & finish the #BostonMarathon a week ago. Fighting childhood cancer - one mile at a time! 

Thanks to Victoria, Erica, Natalie, Walter, Leah, Anne, Domani & Tai Fung for your generous donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer! 
Thanks to Susan Sidoriak from @theSidePorch for sharing these photos of @MalindaAnnHill from the 2016 @Philly_Marathon - moments after she succeeded at her 12th attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 

And, look what just arrived by snail mail!  
Congrats @des_linden