I'm so relieved!! I had my appointment with the running injury specialist today and found out why my leg has been bothering me. Doesn't it always feel better when you have answers?
Apparently the flexibility that had helped me as a ballet dancer is not great for me as a runner. To simplify what the doctor explained to me, my joints have little stability because of their wide range of motion. This lack of security affected my hips as I ran. Now that I know what is causing the problem, the doctor is going to guide me through a personalized program that will prevent the pain from occurring again. In the meantime, I've been approved to run as much as my leg allows. That means shorter runs than I was previously doing, but that's okay for now. I'm just thrilled to be out on the streets again.