I'm fitter than I've been in a while so I'm not sure why it's bothering me. One possible scenario is that I'm not doing yoga anymore so my hips aren't being stretched. I'm not sure.
Anyone who's had hip problems off and on? Or have any idea why it would go away only to come back later when my running posture has improved?
Rachel does Ironman triathlons - I'd take her advice on the subject.
The yoga won't do much of anything for you though - it promotes the wrong kind of mobility for a runner. Increased back flexibility comes at the cost of lowered hip mobility, and runners need hips that work right!
The one thing that actually helps with bone density is resistance training with heavy weights - doing it right (and supplementing with omega-3 fish oil) promotes increased bone density and joint health.
" In terms of stimulating new bone formation, what's needed is something called a minimal essential strain (MES), which refers to a threshold stimulus that initiates new bone formation. "A force that reaches or exceeds this threshold and is repeated often enough will signal osteoblasts to migrate to that region of the bone and lay down matrix proteins (collagen) to increase the strength of the bone in that area."If you want to avoid bone density problems like ostereoporosis, start lifting heavy stuff...
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I generally try and replace my shoes every 400 miles (I log every run I do, so it's actually not too difficult to know when it's time) - but every once in a while, the shoes are worn out before the 400 mile mark - and that's when I feel the burning and stiffness in my knees and hips.
Just a thought....
I asked this question here before and got some answers which made me think it's because the muscles that connect my torso to my legs rarely get used/stretched except when I run. I am aiming to strengthen and stretch them now and will let you know if it gets better.
My brother, who unlike me is a multi-marathon runner, also complains of hip issues. He and I are the only people in my family who have these issues (I have three other brothers and a sister who run without complaints). The funny thing is both of us broke our legs when younger. I worry maybe in the repair of our legs one is shorter than the other or something which affects our runner's gait and leads to extra strain on that part of our body.
Anyone else break their leg? Something to think about?! :-\
I was out of training this past spring for 7-8 weeks with hip problems. After seeing a sports physical therapist I started doing what he said:
1. If what you are doing causes symptoms, stop doing it.
2. He gave me a bunch of exercises that helped- getting an inflatable beach ball, laying on the floor, put the ball between my knees, lift bum off floor and squeeze, squeeze squeeze! Do 3-4 sets of 30 seconds each. Then take the ball, stand with your back against the wall, ball between knees with knees bent at 90 degree angle. 3 sets of 30 seconds.
3. Stretch really good before (well after a warmup) and after each run. Also, since I have been doing weights on my lower body I have had no pain.
I was able to complete my half marathon with NO pain, and have since done more. Keep it up.
In my case, it appears I have arthritis so that is obviously playing a big role. In addition to burning, I'll sometimes get a grinding sensation of bone against bone.
Otherwise, I think the issue is that I have a tendency for tight, shortened hamstrings. Running tends to make them even tighter. Yoga helps loosen them up. I really like the downward dog position - that one helps immensely!
I've also read that it can be helpful to develop your side-to-side muscles - inner and outer thigh muscles (abductor/adductor... what the heck are they called! blanking!).
Finally, women are more prone to these problems because their ligaments relax once a month to enable menstruation.
My hip is still sore, but it feels better on the days I'm doing weights on my lower body.
I'll start doing my stretching and down-dog, and keep up the weight training.
The side-to-side muscles feel REALLY good when I work on them (I can't remember the name of them or the machine either but it's the hip abducter and adductor thingee).