I am a former competitive swimmer and marathoner, and though I'm solidly in the "lift heavy things" mode right now I would love to start running again--because I love(d) it. I quit running for the most part about seven years ago because of a knee injury (fell in a hole on a trail), but I miss it a lot. Before that injury, and more since then, I've been dealing with some pretty wicked bursitis in my hip.

What I'm wondering is... Do any of you have experience with bursitis and running? How often do you run, or would you suggest running, to allow for good recovery? Any specific things I can do to avoid really bad flares?

I know this question is a little all over the place, but I am really wanting to get back into racing--I just want to do it as "primally" as possible with as few injuries as possible. FTR, I don't care whether my races end up being 10k instead of marathon, though I prefer the strategy of longer stuff. If my hip can only handle 10k's from now on, so be it.