Today's run was just three miles and, with one exception, went well. For the first time, the pain near my hip was there while I was running. Not enough to change my gait or make me slow down, but I was certainly conscious of it. And I'm certainly aware of it now because it hurts to walk, at least until I stretch it out a bit. I've been icing it all day and taking ibuprophen and Sticking it, but to no avail. It still hurts.
I have no idea what muscle this is. It's very localised, just at the top of and slightly behind my hip bone. I did a bit of research on-line (much more interesting than writing the reports that I was supposed to be doing) and I'm guessing it's either the gluteus medius or the extreme upper part of the gluteus maximus and that it's related to my non-existent core strength.
However, instead of ignoring it or pretending that I know what I'm doing, I made an appointment for Thursday with a physio that I used to share office space with. Jan the Physio is great, but I fancy another approach and this new physio is also an osteopath as well as trained in something called Global Postural Re-education. GPR apparently addresses muscle imbalances, and I freely admit to being imbalanced.
I don't trust that my body is going to last until the end of training without doing something to address this drip-drip-drip of physical deterioration, and I'm not giving up without a fight!