As I think I mentioned, I got my hips x-rayed last week to make sure that there wasn't anything going on in there that needed help. The hips came out totally fine, which I guess is good (though at some point it'd be really nice to have a doctor point to a picture and say "here! this is what's causing all your symptoms"). What did show up on the x-ray is that i have a bit of scoliosis! Not a big deal at this point, I'll just need to get adjusted a few times a year to keep things in check.
After last week's painful acupuncture, and no noticeable pain improvement otherwise, my chiropracter and I decided to cancel my next appointment and instead schedule one with her brother, who is a physical therapist. Apparently he has a series of tests to see if its something in my quad that's the problem. If it is, he has a series of exercises for me to do that are supposed to help. We'll see how that goes. If it doesn't show anything, I"m hoping to get an okay for an MRI. The only other place to check, bone wise, would be my knee, which might be a factor (though doesn't seem to fit with the pain starting in the hip region). But, I have noticed a sort of clicking sensation lately after workouts that's (I think) coming from around the knee area. I've been having trouble placing it exactly, but I think it's just below the knee. I'll mention this friday as well.
So, with no progress on the doctor front, I've been trying to be really committed on the home front to the plans I made last week to get healthy again, running or not. I sort of sucked over the weekend, partly because I was feeling down about my sore leg and not feeling like I could work out or wanted to, and partly because i bought ice cream and then my food conscious, Ed, left and I ate the rest :P. I cannot under any circumstances harbor my own carton of ice cream in the freezer. It just doesn't work. Ever.
But come monday, having probably gained back any progress from last week, I started fresh. I went to the gym monday and wednesday and did elliptical and strength training, core, and weights and did just my strength training, core, weights, and stretches at home tuesday. My legs are feeling stronger, which is exciting, since they've been feeling very very weak lately. I'm hoping that if I really commit to getting a strong body than when I can finally start running again, it won't be as hard to jump back in. It's nice to feel sore again (in a normal way!) and my leg pain, while still there seems more mild than when I was trying to run. The elliptical is boring, but getting up a sweat is enjoyable. The scale has been moving down (though I know only once a week weigh ins are the most accurate) but I"m feeling better about my body and clothes seem to be fitting a tiny bit better. At least I'm moving in the right direction!