Post # 1
Hi bees! I would love some advice . . . I have been training for a half marathon for several months. The race is on September 15th. I’ve run several half marathons and marathons in the past, but about 4 years ago, I developed a bad stress fracture in my hip and haven’t been able to run distance since then because my hip injury will flare up from time to time. Until now, my hip has been doing great in training for this race, but recently my hip has started to hurt a bit which worries me. My last long run, a week ago, was 11 miles. I’m supposed to run 12 miles this Saturday. Should I skip my 12 mile run and just do 5-6 mile training runs until race day to keep my hip from getting worse? Or should I try for the 12 mile run on Saturday? If I skip it, then my longest run will have been 11 and it will have been almost 4 weeks before the race.
Post # 3
@namarie: I usually max at 10mi training run for a half and have never had a problem with the extra distance on race day. Definitely let the injury rest until the race!!!
Post # 4
I also usually max at 10…the idea is to avoid injury during training. You will be fine as long as you are maintaining the mid-distance runs. You aren’t going to lose your fitness in that time frame. Take care, listen to your body!
Post # 5
Personally, I wanted to run at least 12 miles before my half so that I had more confidence. My first was in May and my training was interupted by a few colds and such, so getting that 12 mile run in was really important. For my second, this past weekend, I was running more weekly mileage, but my longest run had been 11 miles a few weeks before. But I was also not injured or worried about becoming injured.
Give your circumstances, I think rest is the most mportant thing right now. If you continue to run longer distances, you might hurt your hip. I would focus on a lot of rest (and any other stretching, or PT stuff that can help your hip) and just do the best you can during the race. I do think that you will be able to complete the distance come race day.
I would call you doctor and let him know what is going on and get some advice there. I’ve been lucky to avoid injury so far, so I don’t have a lot of experience in this.
Post # 6
I usually max out at 10 when training for a half, but I have been having some minor pain in my knee and next week SO and I are travelling, so I will max out around 9, 9.5. I am going to do my shorter taper runs in the week leading to the 1/2. I have skipped long runs in past trainings, due to illness, and have been fine the day of.
Post # 7
As PP said, lots of people max out at 10 miles in training for a half. So it wouldn’t ruin your training to go for an easy run this weekend.
However, I’ve run 13 miles in training, and it gave me the confidence I needed for a great race.
I think you should start out with the intention of going 12 miles, but just see how it goes. If you need to stop after 6, then stop. Maybe run the last six later. Is it just the pain that is a problem, or are you making the stress fracture worse?
Post # 8
With the race being on September 5th, I would just cut it to half. If you’ve run 10, you can run the last 3.
Ice and recover!
Post # 9
My last half marathon was in June and we were doing a lot of traveling before it, so I actually had my last long run 4 weeks before the race and only did some short runs in those last weeks. So, I think you’ll be fine.
Post # 10
I’ve never run a half marathon, but I always max out around 8 miles for 10 mile races. You’ve already ran half marathons, so you know mentally that you are able to do it.
I have hip issues, too, and I have found that visiting the chiro frequently actually helps, but I’ve never had a fracture or anything. Rest up and take the race by the horns next month. Good luck!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. It makes me feel better to know that others haven’t gone up to 12 and have been fine. I’ve always run 12-13 for my previous half-marathons.
@babymakes3: The stress fracture was 4 years ago and supposedly healed, but it has never been the same since and the doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint why. I had to have pins put in at the time of the injury, so they can’t do an mri anymore to look and see what’s going on with it. So when I start to have pain in my hip, it makes me a little panicky that maybe it is starting to fracture again. The pain isn’t bad at all right now, but I’m paranoid because I just don’t want to go through that again. I was on crutches for 4 months!
Post # 12
@namarie: oh my gosh I can’t imagine being on crutches for 4 months and dealing with all of that. Knowing that, I definitely wouldn’t push myself if I were you! I’d be really paranoid about it too. Best of luck!
Post # 13
I have had a hip stress facture before (probably about 5 years ago now), and I run half and full marathons, so I totally get where you’re coming from! I think you should be fine to back off on distance now and be good to go on race day. In terms of your hips still giving you trouble, one thing I found was that ever since my stress fracture the muscles around my hip, especially my IT band and my piriformis, tend to get really tight and can almost feel a little “stress fracture-y” if they flare up during a long run. Make sure you stretch (hello foam roller!) and ice bath!