Monday, October 29, 2012

My Crotch Hurts

Oh, silly fall humor - you always crack me up

It’s finally starting to look a little like fall (autumn?) in the Phoenix area.  I have to admit that fall really is my favorite time of year.  All of the colors, the cool crisp air, and the proliferation of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING tell me that winter is right around the corner.  Of course, in Phoenix fall “colors” mean that the cactus turn from a shade of pale green to a shade of pale green, the desert rock lawns turn from brown to basically the same brown, and even the native bushes don’t do much.  OH, and the high is supposed to be 91 degrees today.  Wait, why is fall in Phoenix good again?  Of course, any runner knows the real answer: Fall means that when I run, my face doesn’t feel like it is going to melt off and my naughty bits don’t chafe as much.

Through some fate or fortune, the running gods enabled me to put together a pretty good week.  I ran 58 miles overall and even had a tempo run, fartlek, and marathon paced long run.   Each run seemed to be exactly where I wanted it pacewise with the exception of the fartlek.  I threw in 200m bursts at what I was hoping to be 5:30 pace but they were “only” at 5:50.  But, I can’t say that I should be surprised – not having focused on speed and instead having focused pretty hard on distance over the past few months means that some of the top end push is likely to disappear.  Cest la vie. With running, as with life, it is hard to be all things to all people/distances.

It hurts right there
One thing that has been nagging me has been a bit of a groin muscle issue. I really don’t know which muscle it is, but it is the one that connects the love muscle to the leg muscle.  I think that is verse 4 in the “head bone is connected to the neck bone” song.  Anyway, after a hard run on Sunday (16 miles, first 8 easy, last 8 at 6:45 pace – overall 7:08 pace), I did a bit too much sitting around surfing cat YouTube videos finalizing run coaching plans and not enough stretching my love muscle.  Of course, I’m certainly not about to try to roll out my crotch.  I have to think only bad things would happen from that.  One slip of my leg with all of my weight on the foam roller and my naughty bits flatten like a ball of dough under a rolling pin.  So I guess more yoga squat stretches are in order  - and maybe less love muscle stretching?    Nawwwwww.

What is your favorite part of fall?  I have to think my favorite part is the crisp air. The kind that fills your lungs and just feels....clean.  Other favorite part of fall? The Calvin Klein underwear models. Duh.

Oh, and the pumpkin spice stuff?  I know that I’m in the minority here....but if it were actually good, they’d sell it year round, wouldn’t they?


Kat Rainville said...

Those are your adductors, and specifically it sounds like your gracilis is hurting (wooooo anatomy!) Has your gait changed at all? If your stance has widened at all, you might be putting more stress on those muscles (ie, they're pulling harder to get you back in line, but are being stretched when you land) which would lead to soreness. That could happen if you're running on trails or something less even than you're used to.

Or it might have been those splits you did at that crazy party last weekend. Dunnno.

Runner Dad said...

Good luck with the injury. Fall is my FAVORITE time of the year. The weather is great, the leaves turn colors, it's the perfect setting for a short or long run. And pumpkin anything tastes great, so you really can't beat it.

Runners Fuel said...

I am not a fan of pumpkin stuff. Ick! I love the cooler weather, but I hate how early it gets dark.

Christina said...

Wow. Does he have a sock in there or is that all natural?

TriMOEngr said...

Best part of fall is snuggling deep into the covers on a cold morning while my husband gets up to turn on the furnace.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Hey, I'm dealing with a strained hip flexor muscle and have not been able to run for about 2 weeks now. Need all the help, advice, types of stretches etc too. Please send them my way.

The Banter said...

When did you start dying your hair? Oh, and nice abs.

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm with you on the pumpkin stuff. If it's so great, why the association with the most evil of holidays? Plus, it's a vegetable that tries to pass itself off botanically as a fruit. You just can't trust a pumpkin.