Easy Exercises To Relieve Hip Pain

For the past year or so, I have been experiencing pains in my right hip on a fairly regular basis. Apparently this is quite common in runners but, since I’ve only been running for a few months, I can’t really put it down to that. I can’t really put it down to anything, other than ageing perhaps, but I have noticed that running does have an effect on it.

Surprisingly, during the first few weeks of C25K, I noticed that whenever I was running, I didn’t experience much pain in my hip at all. In fact, strange as it might sound, exercise seemed to be helping it. However, as the program continued, I began to notice that my hip hurt quite a lot after running – usually the next day. ¬†And by the end of the program, I was really starting to suffer with the post run hip pain.

Not being a huge fan of any kind of drugs (other than caffeine, nicotine and the occasional alcoholic beverage), I needed to find a way to relieve the pain so that I could still continue to train. So I trawled the internet in search of a solution and stumbled across this video.


The exercises themselves are very easy to do and, even though I only do about ten repetitions of each one before (and sometimes after) a run, it seems to be making a big difference. I still get the odd twinge after a hard run, but it’s nothing like before, which makes the recovery between runs a lot easier.

I have taken ibuprofen occasionally when it has been really bad, but if it doesn’t hurt when I’m actually running , then it kind of makes sense that light exercise might actually help.

Have you experienced hip pain after running? How did you deal with it? Please share your tips and ideas in the comments.


No Pain

Today marks the beginning of my third week of C25K and I’m still loving it!

I woke up early, which is quite normal for me, especially at the weekend. The only problem though, was that I had a pain in my right leg. It’s a pain that I am familiar with. I get it a lot and have had it for a long time, but this morning it was pretty bad, running from my hip right down my whole leg.

The pain has never been diagnosed. I’ve taken pain killers for it in the past, but the only thing that really helps is exercise. So, this morning’s run was motivated, not by making progress on C25K, but by getting rid of the pain in my leg.

It wasn’t even 7am when I headed out on my warm up walk to the seafront and by the time I reached the promenade the pain had almost gone. I took the run fairly easy, knowing that I would have to run for a whole three minutes without stopping, and I couldn’t believe it when I reached half way.

Ok, so I was going slowly and didn’t want to push myself too hard, but the jump from ninety seconds to three minutes wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I realised then that this program is not about running fast, it’s about running distance without stopping.

Three minutes wasn’t easy, but at the right pace, it felt good. Not just in my leg, which had totally eased off by the end of it, but in my whole body. I felt amazing. Physically, mentally and spiritually. And there was no pain.

In time, I will run faster. When it feels right, I will push myself harder. But for now, if running relieves the pain, then I want to run for as long as I can without stopping.

Are you doing C25K? Do you focus on running for speed or for distance? Share your thoughts in the comments.