The never ending hip saga

19 Oct

Its two weeks out from NY marathon and still I am having investigations to determine the source of the hip pain. Last Friday it was the arthrogram. Next week it’s another ultrasound scan though on a positive note it will be done by Wes Cormick, the best in the business. Normally it takes 6 weeks to get in to see him but I’m a special case πŸ™‚ He’s seeing me next Thursday after a phone call from my doctor.

And why am I having another ultrasound scan? It appears that there is something going on with the labrum, the connective tissue around the rim of the hip socket. It looks like it’s peeling away rather than torn. There are other things showing on the MRI film so that’s why I’m having further ultrasound scans. If something is there Wes will find it. And hopefully I’ll get injections where it’s needed.

The good news is that there is nothing wrong with my hip joint. Something positive!

So stay tuned….

Meanwhile I did another long walk this morning. I started at 6am as I had a 30km walk to do and I estimated that it would take me about 5 hours. This would mean I would finish at 11am. So again I was up with the birds, having porridge at some absurdly early hour and then heading off just before 6am. It was chilly so I wore gloves to keep my hands warm. Sort of worked but they still got very cold and refused to cooperate a bit later when I needed to make a toilet stop. Honestly it takes me forever just to unclip the iPod and get my fuel belt off, let alone anything else.

It was very smoky from the NSW bushfires. The morning sky had a distinct pinkish hue and initially the sun was a glowing red ball.

I actually didn’t count down the kilometres as I walked this morning. It was a case of suck it up and walk. I had a job to do and I wasn’t getting distracted by thoughts of “are we there yet?”

I saw Ruth at about the 14km mark so we had a quick chat before we both went out separate ways again. At the halfway point I had a nut bar. I made a point of bringing something to eat on this walk. Up until now I haven’t bothered but I thought I should at least practice eating something as I will need to do this for 42km. I also a had 2 small bottles of coconut water in my fuel belt – makes a nice change from water or sports drink.

Eventually I did warm up so I had a quick pit stop to take off the long sleeved top and tie around my waist, and put my gloves in the fuel belt pocket. Then I was away again, intent on getting home.

My hip was sore from the 2km mark this morning so wasn’t the best pain-wise. More anti-inflammatories when I got home.

And my post-walk reward was a green smoothie containing coconut water, kiwi fruit, lettuce, baby spinach, fennel, protein powder and chia seeds. Surprisingly sweet and delicious…and green πŸ™‚

In summary:

Distance – 30km

Time – 4hr 53.41min

Pace – 9.45min/km

Other exercise this week:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 45 min intervals on the xtrainer

Tuesday and Thursday – weights sessions


6 Responses to “The never ending hip saga”

  1. Ewen 19/10/2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Good news that the hip joint is OK, also about the new scan. Don’t take forever in the porta-loos at NY or you’ll end up on the back of the truck taking them away.

    • cathyn61 20/10/2013 at 8:25 am #

      I’ll be taking an old pair of gloves for my long wait. Hopefully my hands don’t get really cold.

      Sent from my iPad

  2. healthychelsea 21/10/2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Hey Cathy
    I am walking in The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers next year, 60km over two days. How hard is it to walk 30km? The event is in March, so I guess I better get training soon.
    Will you still be able to do the NY marathon? Very exciting!

    • cathyn61 23/10/2013 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Chelsea. Walking 30km is not hard ie like running, but its the time on your feet (took me 5hrs). Make sure you have comfy shoes – I got bruised toenails until I changed shoes. Increasing your distances/time gradually will help. Good luck! And yes, I am still walking NY marathon. That will take about 7hrs. πŸ™‚

      • healthychelsea 23/10/2013 at 12:24 pm #

        I saw your picture on Instagram (?) this morning, can’t wait to see and read about your US trip & marathon. Good luck and have fun

      • cathyn61 23/10/2013 at 8:09 pm #

        Thanks Chelsea. You’ll certainly read all about it!

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