Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hip Flexors - I'm Benched

It is official - I’ve decided to bench myself. Minimal running yesterday (3 miles, 8:08 pace) and no running today. No longer will I be able to sweat away my dreams, issues, fears, or super size fries. For that matter, no longer can consume around 2800 calories a day.

The reason? My crotch**. More specifically, my hip flexors. Even though these muscles are small, just like most other muscles, they serve a very important purpose. In addition to general hip stability, those tiny muscles assist in controlling the rate of leg decent and ascent.


See how good I was there? Instead of that very official looking medical diagram, I could have put a picture of a scantily clad swimsuit model. In fact, as I was prepping to write this post I did the following google image searches: Swimsuit, how do I grow more chest hair, Kara Goucher, can I buy friends?, Borat swimsuit. Fortunately, my voice of reason prevailed. I hate it when she*** does that.

So much for voice of reason prohibiting horrible pictures
I’ve been dealing with some minor knee pain for the past two weeks. I could never feel it when I wasn’t running and honestly only ever felt it immediately after I stopped. I’d half heartedly ice it down and all was right with the world. However, this weekend during my crazy hard death march progression long run I either screwed with my stride a little too much or I over stretched my hip flexor afterwards. So now, even when I am just walking to the bathroom I have discomfort.

With Rock and Roll Denver coming up in 2.5 weeks, Rock and Roll San Antonio in 6.5, I really need to focus less on squeezing out one last tempo run and being 100% healthy when I toe the line. Since my stress fracture, my mantra has been “Better to be 90% ready than 50% injured”. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it has done me well thus far.

So, I rest. Don’t cry for me though**** – I have a feeling that this is only a day or two max.  Honestly, I feel a lot better even today so I can't think that I'll let this go on for too much longer.

Does anyone ever NOT have a hard time taking a break? I feel like us runners are a pretty determined bunch.


**And not because it burned when I peed! Heyooooo
***Obviously all the voices in my head are female
****Send me free stuff instead!

36 comments:

Anne said...

Smart man...a day or two and you'll be raring to go!

Jill said...

Oh man, when I first read you were benched, I was thinking you were going to say "for Denver" - I'm sooo glad that's not the case!! As the queen of injury this year, I can relate to the whole bummer part of being off. Let's hope it's just for a couple days!!! Rest up.

Matty B. said...

I forgot/didn't read that you were coming to MY state. San Antonio will be good to you and I recommend not hanging out on the river walk; it's dull, franchisee and crowded. There are great restaurants and things to do at the parks outside of the downtown.

Hope you get better and you rest that groin-ish area. Get a co-worker to massage it.

ShutUpandRun said...

Smart move. I don't want your hip flexors getting all weird when I meet you in a few weeks in Denver.

Pam said...

Wise decision!

One Crazy Penguin said...

I'm with you. I've learned the hard way in the past that it's better to compete at 90% than be completely sidelined and not be able to compete at all. I'm pretty sure that not following that rule caused me to tear my ACL and miss half a season of college ball. Hope you feel better soon :)

RunningLaur said...

Taper!!

Hey, not running all summer has some how gotten me a half PR and another ultra - so go for it.

Christina said...

When I can't run I'm super grumpy.

It's a good idea to give yourself a rest. It's does a body good.

Chris K said...

Okay, I have a strong feeling that this is a "days" thing, not a "weeks" thing. Maybe you should post some Kara Goucher pics for good running karma.

Jamoosh said...

I cannot believe I am going to say this but...

You are a wise man.

Of course, now when I say, "A wise man once said..." People will automatically assume it's you.

J said...

are you doing any exercises to strengthen your hip? Hip flexors are tricky - hope yours feels better soon!

Running Through Phoenix said...

This is somehow Tiff's fault, with her selfish "I'm pregnant!" attitude. Take the high road, forgive her, and move on. Glad to hear it doesn't seem serious.

C2Iowa said...

Apply Cabo Wabo to your insides until the pain stops. Enough said.

Hope that it is only a day or two. Rest up man.

The Sean said...

Good call on the break. Give it 48 hours and see where you are at. You might want to foam roll your IT Band as well, the knee pain could be stemming from there. With all of the speed work you've been doing, this is a likely issue either manifesting- or waiting to manifest. Use this time to get limber and loose!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Stopping for a break is easy, it's the starting up again that's hard. Have you tried rubbing it out?

Chelsea said...

Very hard but very smart. I just have to get through 4 more days without doing anything stupid until my marathon.

Ed said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Don't give up bro... Run THRU the pain and don't EVER listen to your inner voice(s).
And my number one, most important, piece of advice I will give you... do NOT take advice from me.
Get well soon, buddy.

Greg said...

Adam, thanks for the reply to my question! Yeah PF just sux, but the injuries are to be expected for someone my size (6'1" 272 lbs) isn't exactly bulit for running, more like sitting on your butt watching womens beach volley! As nice as that may sound, I've found that I love running, so the injuries will continue until the weight comes down, which makes me loath taking time off b/c I can just feel myself getting fatter! Each day off just feels like a step back, but you have to be mentally strong enough to take a step back. I've also tried swimming (yawn!) as a way to stay active and give myself a rest. I don't look like I belong on the set of Bay Watch in my trunks (more like The Deadliest Catch), but you do what you gotta do!

Runners Fuel said...

It's good to take a break when your body needs it!

Chad said...

Whoa, talk about collective subconscious. Yesterday evening I was Googling hip flexors for a friend; he's having similar issues. I found out that I should never Google image search "ab muscles" at work. There's too much weird shit out there.
Anyway, I've managed to avoid injury through cutting back and taking rest when I felt it was necessary. Pushing through pain is the fastest way to the couch.

BrianFlash said...

Time for tapering anyway. You'll be more than ready!

AZ said...

I hear massage is good for the crotch.

Morgan said...

So many, many inappropriate things I'd like to say but I'll refrain because you're about to become a Dad. LOL! Feel better bud!

Alma said...

Good job - take it easy & get healed.

Jeri said...

It's so funny how sometimes going out for a run is the LAST THING you want to do, but when you can't go for a running from an injury or "condition" as I'd rather describe it, it's all you want to do. Good call on taking a couple of days off. Your body and training will undoubtably benefit from it.

Glenn Jones said...

I've been there with the hip flexor strain. It took me about 2 months to completely heal. If you ask me - you're better taking the time off. The few extra days of missed training isn't going to make a material difference in your performance. Aggravation of the muscle strain will....

aron said...

good job for resting up before you really have to be benched/injured. hopefully a couple days is just what those hips need.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

glad to know it's not really your crotch specifically that has the issue.

good call on rest, you might find it turns out to be one of your best races!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

PS i'm very jealous I want to run denver

kilax said...

I hope it is only a 1-2 day break! I am thinking healing thoughts for you.

You know, I hate when I can't run because I am injured, but I am enjoying running less during this taper :)

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

Yuck, sorry about the pain. Are you going to be working on your coffee drinking skills in your downtime?

Jess said...

Always rest a burning crotch. That's wisdom to live by.

Julie said...

For God sake take care of yourself! You are doing the right thing by benching yourself. You will be back to your old tricks in no time:)

Colin Hayes said...

Taking forced breaks is pure hell...and I know it first-hand. But you're doing the right thing. Your training will carry you - even if you have to start your taper now.

Cynthia O'H said...

Oh, dear, I hope you're not benched too long. Self-inflected benching is tough - but so much better than the other kind.
Maybe your hips will be stronger have the delivery; mine were.

onelittletrigirl said...

I can relate. my hip flexors and I fought the whole first half of the year!