≡ Menu
The Runs header image

Hips Don’t Lie

I just discovered something new about my body! My hips have bugged me over the years, most notably after I started having kids. Within the last few months I have noticed that the deep ache in my hip joints comes and goes with no rhyme or reason; I could have the toughest workout ever and they feel fine while they hurt like crazy during an easy run. But now? I think I found the reason!


My sister Lori was over and we were comparing notes as we both have similar hip issues. She helped me realize that my hips hurt more during certain times of the month, like from ovulation right through to the first day of my period. WEIRD, HEY? I feel like I’m a super-ovulator. I often develop cysts after ovulation (one burst once–THAT was fun). It’s like during my fertile days, I ovulate from my eyelashes to my toes; I feel like an animal. So I guess all those hormones that cause the eggies to shoot out of my ovaries like baby missiles also cause my hips to loosen up just in case… you know. And when my hips get all loose then they hurt when I run.

Oh well, the culprits are pretty cute.



Anyone out there have cyclical pains? Do you get cysts?

For my 2 guy readers: How old were you when you first got armpit hair?

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Lisa @ Running Out of Wine August 11, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Thats interesting that you were able to figure that out! My PT actually mentioned that once last year when I was having SI joint problems, but it doesn’t seem to match up for me.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 3:40 pm

      Yep, the SI joint is the joint that loosens up the most in pregnant women! But now I’m realizing that we don’t actually have to be pregnant for this to happen to us. During each cycle, once our bodies figure out that we’re not pregnant, our hips will tighten back up again and then we’ll start the whole damn thing all over again.

  • Amy Lauren August 11, 2016, 1:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but I totally believe it could be true (I’ve honestly never tracked enough to know if my aches and pains are related to hormones). I hope you get some hip pain relief though, stinks for anything to hurt!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 3:38 pm

      It’s a weird hurt though. It’s not like an injury-pain, more like a…. like…. like cramps or something, except in my joints. Now that I know what it is, I remember feeling it in the latter months of each pregnancy. It’s why pregnant women waddle.

  • Una August 11, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Damn hormones.

    I’m not a super ovulator but I did develop SPF when I was pregnant with Olivia because of the relaxin hormone. It was brutal, not being able to turn and move or walk.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 3:36 pm

      Yes! The relaxin hormone, that’s it exactly! Apparently it doesn’t leave our bodies with the babies. 😛

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 11, 2016, 2:24 pm

    Isn’t it all magical when you figure something like that out? Realization and understanding always helps. Those cuties are totally worth it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 3:34 pm

      They’re alright, they’re alright. 😉

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run August 11, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Interesting! I am glad you figured that out. I never really thought about my hormones affecting my aches and pains.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 3:34 pm

      Well, figuring out did jack shit really, because what am I going to even do about it? Squeeze my eyes really tight and stop ovulating? Because I sure as hell am not going to stop running!!! HA HA!

  • Steve August 11, 2016, 4:03 pm


    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 11, 2016, 7:03 pm


  • Susie @ Suzlyfe August 12, 2016, 4:08 am

    I wish I could blame things on my cycle. But I don’t have hormones, so basically my body is so screwed up I can’t even do that.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 12, 2016, 7:31 am

      Well, when you were taking Clomid, did your hips hurt more then?

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes August 12, 2016, 6:14 am

    That is so interesting! Silly hormones—they effect our bodies in so many ways. Endo makes a period a pain show and it’s funny how it pops up in certain places.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 12, 2016, 7:32 am

      Oh yeah, I remember you telling me about that once. Endometriosis is NOT a fun time.

  • Ana August 12, 2016, 9:59 am

    Pain on your hips from Hormones! what ? that does not sound cool at all.

    How do you deal with reducing the pain?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 12, 2016, 1:39 pm

      Well, I dunno. It’s just speculation. So far it’s totally manageable like, it’s not painful. Just achy.

Leave a Comment

Next post:

Previous post: