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2013-11-12 7:31 AM

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I keep getting hip achiness (mostly in groin). My glute also gets a tight feeling right at the end of the butt bone. Its not a sharp pain and it doesn't hurt to walk/run with both groin and glute. But it aches from time to time. I usually get it after a race. For example, this time it was after running a 5k one week after running a marathon. I was fine after the marathon but it came on the next day after the 5k. I was running 80mpw before the marathon. The other time was after a 10 miler in March then doing a track workout a few days later. I had to take it easy running for 2-3 weeks (only ran 2-3 times) and it slowly went away.

I can hop on it no problem. The only symptom I have running is my outside hip gets tight and I feel out of balance. But this goes away after 2 miles or so.

I did get a massage before the marathon and my pelvis was out of alignment. So maybe its from this? The 5K had some steep hills so maybe I knocked it out and its pulling on my muscles. But its still bothering me 1.5 weeks later. Its not getting better but not getting worse either.

Maybe its just my body telling me to rest. Any thoughts?

I should mention I didn't rest at all after the marathon. I know pretty stupid.

My other thought was stress fracture but I can't imagine that I could just take a few weeks off (like I did in March and last November) and go back to running 50+ mpw for 6 months. Hip labral tear? Same thing....I can't imagine I could pull this off. I did see a ortho doc in March about it and he didn't think it was a labral tear based on my range of motion and symptoms. He thought it was a inflammed IT band or high hamstring tendonitis. But most of my symptoms have been in the hip flexor region.


2013-11-12 10:56 AM
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Google 'gluteus medius running pain.'

I had never heard of it until after IMLT when I went to an ART practitioner. Mine was caused by speed walking the entire marathon with broken toes, which completely altered my gait. When I read up on it, it all made sense. Basically its origin is in tight hammies(i had been battling this for monthes prior to Tahoe) then the altered gait/speed walking pretty much shifted the stress from the super tight hammie to the gluteus medius which was not meant to handle an altered gait. Foam rolling to get everything loosened up is key. Strengthening the glutes is also a biggie.
2013-11-12 1:53 PM
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Originally posted by LittleCat

Google 'gluteus medius running pain.'

I had never heard of it until after IMLT when I went to an ART practitioner. Mine was caused by speed walking the entire marathon with broken toes, which completely altered my gait. When I read up on it, it all made sense. Basically its origin is in tight hammies(i had been battling this for monthes prior to Tahoe) then the altered gait/speed walking pretty much shifted the stress from the super tight hammie to the gluteus medius which was not meant to handle an altered gait. Foam rolling to get everything loosened up is key. Strengthening the glutes is also a biggie.


What were your symptoms?
2013-11-12 2:46 PM
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My hamstring right below my butt was really sore going up hills or late in long runs. When the gluteus medius blew up I felt like I was being stabbed in the hip. If I dig in it with my thumb its sore. It also radiated in to my lower back.
2013-11-12 5:50 PM
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I guess I have some similar symptoms. I guess I should really back off the run for a few weeks to see what happens.
2013-11-12 10:08 PM
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Suzanne, what areas did you focus your rolling on? That hamstring/glute junction is so complex and ties to so many different things it is tough to know where to spend the time.


2013-11-13 4:28 PM
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The main spot for me is behind and below the top of my hip bone. Roll around in that are with a roller or a ball, if it isnt happy you will definitly notice it!
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