I would like to start off by saying thank you to those of you who have donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for the upcoming Enormous Elephant Run! I’m so excited to be heading to London on Wednesday and to run in an elephant costume…Eric and I bought a selfie stick, so I’ll be sure to share, don’t you worry! There’s still time to donate and of course still time to sign up for yourself if you happen to be local to London……or if you just like to buy last minute plane tickets.
I suppose I should update on the running front, considering I just said we’re running a race on Saturday! Luckily for everyone involved, it’s a 5K, so quite manageable. Eric’s kiiiiiiiiinda maybe following the Couch to 5K program, and my running certainly isn’t up to par, so I’m sure we’ll be doing some solid run/walking.
But the good news is that I’ve started running again. I took about 3-3.5 weeks off from running, and a couple weeks off from really much exercise whatsoever. Since I never really found out what was wrong, I decided that perhaps the pilates/yoga/weightlifting I was doing might be irritating my groin as well, so why not try stopping. This coincided with my vacation, so that worked out well, I suppose. It also helped that I wasn’t working for two weeks since nursing isn’t exactly the most restful job ever.
So that was that. The extreme pain in my groin area seemed to go away, but at times it was still sore even when I was just sitting around. I don’t remember it hurting like that when I was still trying to run, but maybe I blocked it out. After two weeks off, I tried a few single leg squats just to test it out. Running is basically repeated single leg squats, and that was the only motion outside of running that would cause my groin pain. (And it was only when I finished pushing up with my left leg and transferring weight to my right leg.) I didn’t have any pain after two weeks, but I played it safe and took a little more time off.
I took the weekend after we got back from vacation off, which was convenient since I was working and squeezing in a run when I’m gone for 14-15 hours per day isn’t exactly easy. (Especially when it’s so busy at work you take 20,000 steps without even trying – why do I even need to run??)
Then I decided it was time to give it a go. Heeding some advice from readers, I took is realllllllly slow and easy. (For me.) I walked for about ten minutes to warm up, then I ran for 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES. I felt like a slug and was oddly happy with a 9-9:30 mile pace. I knew I would be slower since I just took so much time off, and I also wanted to make sure I didn’t push anything too hard. My legs felt a little creaky, but I didn’t have any pain in the spot in my groin where I always had pain. VICTORY.
Followed by ten more minutes walking home. Ah, the little things.
The next time I ran, I ran for twelve minutes. So moving up in the world. Still slow, but no pain.
Next time? 20 minutes. I know, big jump. But I’m holding it there for a bit and I’m okay with that. The fun part is that 20 minutes is apparently enough time to get that sports bra/tank tan going! Can’t be without that…
I always do about a 5-8 minute walking warm up, as that gets me down to the Hudson River path – I don’t think pounding downhill is the best for my legs when coming back from injury, and the warm up helps too. I also do lunges from this warmup recommended by Grace. I don’t know if it helps, but it certainly gets my legs a little sore…
On Sunday, Eric and I slept in a little bit then headed to brunch. I definitely needed to digest a bit, so I did some laundry/organizing, then did yoga, then went for a run. If you live in NYC, you will remember the downpour that we got yesterday. Well, I probably should have left for my short 20 minute run about ten minutes earlier than I did. I did my usual walk routine, ran north along the river, saw lightning in New Jersey across the GW, decided to head south away from the lightning, thought about turning back early (but really wanted to get my 20 minutes in…), started getting lightly rained on, started getting mediumly (new word) rained on, finished 20 minutes, started to walk home for a cooldown, got drenched in a downpour, decided to do a slow jog home, then wrote this absurd run on sentence. Ha.
I think running in the rain is fun, but maybe I should have just run like a normal person – in the morning when the sun was shining. At least it took care of the humidity…
I’m not sure if I’m out of the woods yet, as I still notice something in the groin area, but I wouldn’t call it pain. It just feels different. Should I stop running for longer? Go back to the doctor? Go see a chiropractor? So many questions for a problem where I don’t know what’s wrong. I do know I’ll stop if it hurts when I’m running, but fingers crossed that it won’t.
Maybe running in an elephant costume will be magical and this will all just go away…ha. Maybe not.
Has anyone out there had a groin injury? Part of me thinks I pulled a groin muscle/super low abdominal muscle, and I hear those take foreverrrrrr to heal.
Also – if anyone has suggestions for restaurants/must dos in London, please let me know! I’ve got most of the tourist stuff figured out, but looking for food suggestions.