Tired - What Can I Do About This?

by Jadelynn

I ran cross country varsity last year and ran 5k races. This year my hip started hurting really badly. It still hurts but it has become a more bearable pain. Now I feel like I can't even run a mile and a half without getting really tired. How do I not get tired so fast???

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Answer by Anissa:

Thanks for your question about the tiredness you're feeling while running.

From what you wrote here, I think what is going on here is an injury.

I would highly suggest you stop running (to prevent further injury).

Then get in to see your doctor as soon as possible.

It would make sense if you have a hip injury, that you would be getting tired on short distance runs.

It is your body's way of telling you something is not right.

Running injuries, and more specifically hip injuries, are a common occurrence among runners. They can range from hip bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa over the outside of the hip joint which can cause pain with hip movement, all the way to a hip stress fracture which is more common in long distance runners due to the high impact.

Only your doctor can determine what type of injury you have & what the best course of action is. In the meantime, my best advice is to keep off of it until you are able to get in to see your doctor. Also, icing it may be helpful for the pain. You can use an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables for icing. Ice the area for about 15 to 20 minutes. Icing for more than 20 minutes can lead to frostbite & icing less than 10 minutes will have minimal effect on the underlying muscle tissue. Ideally you want to ice the area until you feel numbness.

I wish you the best of luck in getting better so you can get back to running injury free.


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