#IGBloomington 6 Weeks To Go (Hip edition)

Ready for some good news?? I’ve got 6 weeks until the race! The bad news is….my hip is super mad at me, and I’m going to be backing off training.

But to wrap it up on a positive note, my knees haven’t been in as much pain lately! Remember when I went to the doctor?

I read this article from Active.com that made me realize that all my pain this year could be a result of weak hips. You can read more about it here.

I’m realizing more and more that I need to do some exercises even more than just while teaching Yoga Sculpt. Hopefully I’ll get into the habit soon. Here’s what I’m planning for this week.

Monday: I taught Sculpt

Tuesday (today): nothing – I’m going up to the family hunting property!

Wednesday: Teach Sculpt

Thursday: Kayaking in the morning, may try to bike 1 hour

Friday: Run 30, Bike 1 hour, Run 30. (hip pending)

Saturday: Rest? (Not sure what my weekend plans are)

Sunday: Bike 90 min, run 30. (hip pending)

If anyone has any good hip workouts, please share! The only one I can find on Runner World includes a workout band, and I really hate those.

How is your training going? What do you train for in the winter?!? I’m not sure what to focus on after September 22.



  1. In the winter I work on base building. If you run outside in the winter it’s tough doing anything other than just run whatever the conditions dictate. I might do more treadmill running this winter to work on speed. We will see.

    1. I ran quite a bit last winter, usually outside on the weekends when I could go out at noon when its warmest. But when I am training for something I do a much better job of staying committed.

  2. I usually do a lot more spin and other cross training but make sure to maintain a base of running mileage in the winter.If I set aggressive goals for myself for race times come spring I know it’s not realistic to take too much time off in the winter!

  3. I don’t have any great hip strengtheners – wish I did! I have terrible hips. But I do feel that the more I vary my routine, the stronger my body is overall, and the less pain I’m in.

  4. Girl, go to a good Pilates class! We do hip exercises ALL the time in mine. If you’re not convinced, try doing a hip circle exercise. You basically lie on your back with one leg up 90 degrees and one leg flat on the ground (or modify by bending that leg if you need to). Then start making TINY circles with your foot in the air. Make sure you don’t move your pelvis at all. If you are having trouble stabilizing your pelvis, make the circle smaller. You should feel it in your hip flexor area. Once you’ve done 15, make circles going in the opposite direction, then do the same thing on the other leg.

    I’m going to pay more attention to the exercises we do in class tomorrow and I’ll report back with some more good ones for you 🙂

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