My Groin Injury Journey Part 3 – So Far, So Good

Okay, it’s almost been a month since my last run. It’s time to start my post injury test runs. I have to admit that I’ve been kind of lazy when it comes to stretching and stuff. There wasn’t much groin exercises or stretching going on during my convalescent period (not running).

For my test runs, I did do plenty of stretching and made sure I warmed up with some walking. Even with three runs completed, I’m still in test mode so there will be NO speed work and NO long runs for awhile. I will think twice before adding any kind of sprinting to my training.

Test Run #1
2 miles
Kamehameha Community Park
First run in a month after my groin strain. I felt some discomfort in the beginning. I was going to stop if I felt pain but the pain never came. I maintained my usual stride but mentally tried to slow the pace (didn’t work cuz I ran my usual time). As soon as I finished it was ibuprofen & ice pack time!

Test Run #2 – Around Kalihi
3.4 miles
Ran slow & steady. So far, so good…no groin discomfort or pain. Afterwards, I felt a little pain in my lower back (like I tweaked it).

Test Run #3 – Around Kalihi
3.37 miles in 36:22
Felt a bit of discomfort, in the groin area (left side), for the first 10 to 15 seconds of the run only. No other problems after that other than my usual plantar fasciitis (right heel). I’m not paying attention to time…just running a comfortable pace.

Hasta aquí todo bien…

Upcoming Races September 2017 – Oahu

upcoming races
Tantalus Triple Trek 50k
50k Trail Run – Hawaii Nature Center
Saturday, September 2nd 2017 at 5:30 a.m.

Bioastin Marathon Readiness Series 2-of-5
20k Road Run – Barber’s Point Elementary School
Sunday, September 3rd 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

Old Pali Road 4.4M
4.4-Mile Road Run – Old Pali Road
Sunday, September 10th 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Na Wahine Festival
Festival 5k Run – Kapiolani Park
Sunday, September 10th 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

My Groin Injury Journey Part 2 – Hitting the Pause Button

Well, well…I finally went to the doctor (August 9th, Wednesday) instead of being my usual hard headed self (trying to run through an injury). Just by reading information on groin injuries, from medical websites, I knew reducing my mileage was not an option. A complete stop of my running was needed (a runners WORST nightmare).

The doctor confirmed the need for rest and my question was, “Just how serious is my groin injury and when can I start running again?” After going over my symptoms (pain when running, pain when lifting my leg up while laying down, blah, blah, blah!), the doc pressed different areas of my abdomen for pain…nothing! Then I performed range of motion movements, stretches and balance testing with minimal discomfort.

The doctor’s opinion was that I had a muscular strain in the groin area (no tear). Her care instructions were:

  • Over the counter Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain/inflammation.
  • Heat or ice for comfort.
  • Rest (avoid activity that increases pain) – 2 weeks off from running (T_T)
  • Light stretching:
    Short and long adductor stretches.
    Hip flexors and swinging leg stretches.
  • Physical therapy if needed.
  • Follow-up if pain persists or worsens.

In conclusion, the My Groin Pain Journey continues but with no suspense or drama. I need rest. If I can’t run, I guess it’s time for some power walking but I need to stay active (Yeah, yeah, I know walking is for women and senior citizens). I will post again towards the end of August, My Groin Pain Journey Part 3, when I start running again. So, as the Ventures said, “Walk Don’t Run!”

My Groin Injury Journey Part 1 – From 12 miles to Zero!

Photo by istela1 / CC BY

This is my first running injury that does not involve my lower legs. I have a bad feeling that this injury is going to linger for awhile. I decided to keep a log to document the process and hopefully help others who might suffer from this injury or something similar.

I’m not one hundred percent certain that my groin injury was caused by running but I’m pretty sure it was and when it happened. Let’s back up to July 28th (Friday) when I ran intervals…90 sec jog/30 sec sprint/60 walk (9 sets). In hindsight, maybe I should have increased my pace for 90 seconds instead of all out sprinting.

I believe the sprinting is the cause of my groin problems though the pain didn’t come immediately. On July 30th (Sunday) I ran an easy 5 miles and everything seemed fine. Several hours later, I saw an approaching car while crossing the street, and tried jogging across. There was a sharp pain, intense enough, where I had to stop and walk. The pain was centered in the groin area (left side).

My first thought was, “I have a groin pull” so, not wanting to take any chances, I completely stopped running. What’s funny (or not) is that I can walk pain free for miles but if I run even 2 steps, the sharp pain comes back. There is some pain when laying down and lifting my left leg. For some reason there is pain, at night, when I flip from my back, to my side or stomach in bed. I didn’t notice any swelling or bruising.

Okay, I lied! I didn’t completely stop running. On August 2 (Wednesday), I tried slow jogging and lasted only 50 seconds before I had to stop. The pain wasn’t excruciating but it wasn’t worth the risk of a more serious injury. I started do some research and was scared at what I was reading…torn muscule, hernia, a rupture, stress fracture, yikes!

I emailed my doctor and he told me to make an appointment. So a visit to my doctor, tomorrow (August 9th, Wednesday), will hopefully result in a diagnosis and treatment. I have a feeling that an MRI will be needed since groin pain could mean many, many different conditions. Stay tuned…

Upcoming Races August 2017 – Oahu

upcoming races

Maunawili Out and Back 22 mile
22-Mile Trail Run | Pali Lookout
Saturday, August 5th  2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Maunawili Out and Back 22 mile Relay
22-Mile 2-person Trail Relay | Pali Lookout
Saturday, August 5th  2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Boca Hawaii – Norman Tamanaha 15k
BIOASTIN Marathon Readiness Series 1-of-5
15k Road Run | Kapiolani Park
Sunday, August 6th 2017 at 6:00 a.m.

Coconut Chase 8k
8K Run/Walk | Sand Island Recreation Area
Sunday, August 27th  2017 at 8:00 a.m.