As a runner, this is the question I dread having to ask myself. During DWD, I tweaked my right hip flexor. I stayed off it a couple days, saw Dr. W, and he agreed it was a slight strain. At that point, I wasn't having any pain while I ran on it, so he told me to go ahead and do very slow miles.
So I did, and was doing great. Last Tuesday, though, I ran a little faster. I averaged in the low 7s for a 6 miler. It wasn't hard, and it didn't feel fast. It felt....steady. Apparently, my hip flexor didn't like it. As soon as I stopped, it began to hurt. It didn't hurt at all whilst I ran...but after. I hobbled a bit to get Amelia at the bus stop, but by bedtime it had gone away again. I had Tim massage it and also put it under Therbo.
Next morning, I ran 5 miles with Emily. Zero pain until the last mile (and we went very slowly), when I began to feel a pulling sensation there. It was again sore afterward, but cleared up by the time it was time for my second run of the day. That run was supposed to be 5 miles, but I decided to cut it to 3 instead. My hip flexor hurt (at a low level) during that entire run.
I haven't run since Thursday, as yesterday was a scheduled rest day. Tim and I decided...actually, Tim TOLD ME that I just had to take it day by day. If it felt better today, I should try a short run on it. Well, it feels a bit better, but I'm still feeling it when I walk and when raising my extended leg upward. I am not sure what to do.
My head says: "Rest." My heart says: "You can run through that." And I know I can, but should I? Here's my issue. I tend to use a 20 week schedule for marathon training. A lot of people use an 18 week one. My schedule began this past week. So--for you experienced marathoners--if I rest the rest of this week and build slowly back up sometime next week...will that have any major effect on Chicago training?
And I ask that knowing full well that a surgery is likely going to totally disrupt my training. But until I know that, I'm going on as normal. So....what do I do? Rest until next week? Test it out today, keep running on it? I'm too much like my dad to make this decision on my own. So....help.