Thanks for the suggestions. I'll get some poles for sure. In the meantime, I've been doing the stationary bike 4x / week, and one 3-4 hr hike on the weekends, but I'm still noticing some pain. I may have to dial it back a bit more.
(I'm not sure when my highpointing goals turned into a fitness obsession, but man it sucks to not be able to run. No doubt I'll be asking everyone I can find at the convention what they do to train.)
I've also got a foam roller, which I've been using for self-massage daily, and holy cow does that thing hurt when I find the knots in my thigh.
I have an appointment with an ortho doc next week, so we'll see what he has to say.