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lwanucha Rookie 1 posts since
Nov 8, 2009
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Feb 5, 2010 3:08 PM

Sore groin week before first half-marathon!!

Any suggestions? I'm a 22 yr-old female who started getting back into running last August and have since trained for and completed a 5K in Dec and continued training to get ready for my first half-marathon taking place next weekend.  A few weeks ago I started having pain in my inner/upper right thigh--seemed to be just behind the groin muscles since regular groin stretches wouldn't trigger pain.  I continued training since the pain did not bother me once I was in active running motion.  During this week or so of pain there was only one run where I felt the pain the entire time I was running.  Anyhow, the pain seemed to go away and as I continued with my training my speed and endurance continued to improve.  However, after my longest long run in my training program (12M I ran last Friday), a couple days/runs later left me with a slightly shifted pain that seems to be closer to a groin strain problem.  The next day of running it hurt the entire run.  I stretch extensively before and especially after each workout and devote an entire training day to yoga yet nothing I do seems to help this pain.  I rested all day yesterday and it doesn't hurt as much when I walk (I was "hobbling" during the first instance of pain).  I attempted to run today but as soon as I started running the pain was back and intense.  I stopped after 1 mile and finished up on a stationary bike to at least get some cardio in.  With my half-marathon a week away I'm not sure what to do: should I cycle instead of run and hope that by next Saturday my leg will feel better and my running fitness will be enough to get me through a half-marathon injury-free? Or should I just call-off the half-marathong to prevent further/permanent damage?  I'm fairly new to running but have fallen in love with it and would be happy to give up this half-marathon if participating in it would prevent me from being able to continue running and participating in races as part of my lifestyle.  What should I do??

  • grid-rider Legend 235 posts since
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    1. Feb 7, 2010 10:52 AM (in response to lwanucha)
    Re: Sore groin week before first half-marathon!!

    Look into femoral hernia Wiki

  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    2. Feb 7, 2010 12:02 PM (in response to lwanucha)
    Re: Sore groin week before first half-marathon!!

    I recommend going to a sports physician.

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  • JamesJohnsonLMT Legend 1,291 posts since
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    3. Feb 10, 2010 11:24 PM (in response to lwanucha)
    Re: Sore groin week before first half-marathon!!

    It could be a number of things, but it pays to educate yourself about the possibilities before throwing yourself before the altar of medicine....



    My guess would be bursitis, possibly under the illiopsoas (primary hip flexor muscle, crucial to running). This could be brought on by aggressive running with - or stretching of - an already tight psoas muscle, complicated by shortening of the muscle during the rest you took before your return to running.


    The effect on your bursa would be the same as drawing the bow of a violin repeatedly over your fingernail.


    Could be wrong, but there are other things that can feel the same in nearly the same location, including the aforementioned hernia. The link above has great visuals showing how easily it can be misdiagnosed. You need to read through this wealth of information to start ruling out some of the possibilities.

  • L Kelly Rookie 1 posts since
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    4. Feb 13, 2010 7:06 AM (in response to lwanucha)
    Re: Sore groin week before first half-marathon!!

    Sounds like my story. Better stop running. Look up femoral stress fracture.There's tons of info everywhere. Mine is not femoral neck, but it is a femur stress fracture. Lots of different symptoms, but yours sound exactly like mine. It's very frustrating, but to prevent big, big damage, you have to stop, and heal. Mine was diagnosed with a nuclear bone scan by a sports doc. I've been on crutches, and now a cane.
    I'll be out for 12 weeks, I'm sure. I've resigned myself to time for healing.

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