Sunday night while running, my right hip started to ache... Not sure why. When I ran harder, the pain decreased. The slower I went it got worse (the closer to walking and walking itself hurt worse than running hard). At first I thought it was because the last few times I ran, I started out a little faster than normal--pressed for time. Then, pressed for time, I didn't stretch as much as usual afterwards. Dumb and dumber. The pain runs high, up near the hip bone and under, but its doesn't feel deep. Almost feels like a bruise just beneath the skin--like pain you would feel if you fell right on your side/hip.
I thought about what else I did that could have caused it. Hmmm... Oh, yah, it couldn't have anything to do with taking out the CX bike for the first time in over a year and riding up steep hills. Then dismounting to run up steep hills? No.. couldn't have anything to do with that. Hmm. When did I do that. SATURDAY!
So, I think the problem is a combination of all the above.
Not sure why I wrote about this. Lack of posts I guess. If there is anything to be learned, its ease into new activities, warm-up first, and stretch after. Basically, don't let common sense elude you, or let your experience tell you that you can skip the basics.
With that said, the hip is feeling a lot better. Just feels tight now. Maybe ready for a beginner level CX race this weekend.