Distance: 5.5 mi
What a totally uninspired run… *sigh* I ran alone because nobody wanted to do the route the club laid out. When they said “go”, it was like watching a herd of cats scatter. People went everywhere. I was tired from last night’s workout so I just shrugged and took off on the planned route because it was flat.
And… unfortunately… I think I have a problem. Over the past 5 months I have had this nagging pain in my groin, sometimes during, but always after my runs. It used to come and go but for the last 2 weeks it has been pretty constant. No amount of stretching seems to help and it is getting worse. After some research on the internet, my symptoms are consistent with a sports hernia. I am at a point now where I can’t cough or sneeze without sitting down or holding on to something. It also feels like I am starting to have some weakness in my groin and upper quads when I run. I made an appointment today to get checked and until then I am going to take a break from running.
It was my hope that I could just “play through” it. That maybe this was just my body taking a while to get certain muscle groups in shape. Then, the closer I got to the marathon, the less I wanted to admit it existed because I was afraid it would take me out for the marathon. It hurt during the marathon, but not as much as the dehydration cramping did, so I just ignored it.
If it IS a hernia, depending on how bad it is, I will be out from 1 to 4 months. Treatment ranges from chemistry and physical therapy to surgery. Either way there will be no running, weightlifting, cycling, etc… As depressing as this is, I have to prepare for it and start to set some contingency goals around it. Instead of focusing on what I CAN’T do, I need to make sure I am doing everything I CAN do to get better. I’m sure losing weight is at the top of that list. Maybe this is just the push I need…!
At this point, though, this is all conjecture. I’m not a doctor, so it could be a pulled muscle, it could be cancer. I have no idea. I will find out Tuesday.