Tuesday, I got myself out of bed at 3:45am to meet up with a new running buddy, Scott at 4:15. Yes, in the morning. I told myself "it's only an hour earlier than I usually get up...no big deal." Oh it was WAY different. I was exhausted. I took a 2 hour nap that afternoon. That's not saying that I won't do it again. I have plans to meet him next week too.
Saturday, I met up with Kate and Jen at a metro park. I had 16 miles to do, Kate was running her very first 12 miler (WOOT!) and Jen was in for 4 miles just for the fun of it. It was super humid Saturday morning, but temps were it the 60s. A least it wasn't hot AND humid. I was soaking wet by the time I was finished. There wasn't a stitch of dry clothing. I always get a little chuckle when I take off my running clothes before my shower, I drop them on the bathroom floor and they make a splat sound. Every piece of clothing made the splat sound on Saturday.
Later that afternoon, after I'd been sitting around for a bit, I tried to stand up and I felt pain. Quite a bit of pain. What the...? I couldn't walk without a limp, standing up from sitting in a chair was ridiculously hard and I couldn't lift my right leg. Crap. I started to panic. I've made it through this whole freaking training plan without any overuse injuries and now, two weeks before the race, I have a random injury?! (No, it wasn't taper madness. This was real pain.) I'm no pansy when it comes to pain. I've broken a few bones and I've heave-hoed two human beings out of my body. I can handle a little pain. After a little stretching, I determined that the culprit was a groin muscle/tendon/ligament/whatever it is. I still have no idea what I did to flare it up. It never once hurt while I was running.
After I figured out where the pain was coming from, I did what any sane runner would do: looked it up on WebMD. Do not attempt this at home. It is always, always a mistake to look stuff up on WebMD. After reading through all of their information on a pulled groin muscle, I was convinced the only thing that could save me was to amputate at the hip. Before that drastic move, I would try Motrin, rest and a few martinis with my friends. By the time I went to bed on Saturday night, it didn't hurt at all! (I also couldn't feel my lips...)
|Do not attempt this at home, either.|
Kate, Mary and I are trained professionals.
...or something like that....
Sunday morning, I could still feel the ache, but it was nothing compared to the day before. Whew. Maybe it's just a mild strain. I skipped my recovery run on Sunday and I'm not scheduled to run again until Tuesday. I will completely rest it until then. No cross training, no running, nothing. (As if I wasn't already going crazy with the taper, right?) If I still feel any kind of pain Tuesday morning, I won't run until Thursday. I am not messing around with this nonsense. I do not want to be in pain before the race even starts!
Monday- cross train: abs, arms, burpees
Wednesday- cross train: abs, arms, back
Friday- rest (other than #superhero)
Sunday- complete rest
Total for week 17- 26.06 miles
May #superhero Challenge (at least 3 times/week)
April 30- finish burpee challenge
May 1- 2 sets
May 2- 3 sets
May 4- 3 sets
How was YOUR training this week?
Ever pull/strain your groin? What did you do to help it get better?