You how you have that little voice in your head...that voice that keeps you out of trouble and on the right track? Well, last week I ignored her and now I'm paying for it.
Last Monday I was done work early and had a couple of hours before having to pick up the kids and it was a gorgeous day so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to sneak in a nice run. I'm not a huge fan of running in the dark so daytime running always gets me excited.
I decided to do a bit more than I normally would during a weekday. Now, I will mention that for the week leading up to it I had a nagging groin pain every time I ran. It wasn't crippling, just annoying and when I wasn't running it wasn't there. So about halfway into my run that nagging groin pain shows up. No surprise there. But I keep on trucking. Less than a kilometre later the pain is significantly worse. And then it gets to the point where I have to walk about every 3/4 km for a couple minutes. I even stopped at one point trying to stretch out the area. I must have looked pretty weird squatting at the side of a highway for a couple minutes. Now, I would have cut my run short, but I was 4 km away from my house and I still had to pick up the kids. I didn't have time to walk all the way home. So off I ran...or rather, hobbled.
Finally, I made it home and picked up the kids. I ended up running about 8.3 km and half of it was in pretty good pain. It wasn't till I sat down later that night that I realized something wasn't right. When I stood up, I could barely walk. I couldn't do the stairs and getting from one room to the next was agony. I spent most of the night on the couch with an ice pack trying to get some relief. The following day was marginally better, but I had to work and spent the day limping around the office. When I could barely take off my shoes I realized something wasn't right. So I booked myself in at the Sports injury clinic to see if I had done something a little more serious than I thought.
After a thorough exam they figured I had injured my Adductor tendon. And I would need to rest and to get some physio. I was not impressed to say the least. So the next day I visited my Chiropractor and told him what had happened. He immediately thought that it was a hamstring injury at the insertion point instead of an Adductor issue. After a great adjustment and some ART therapy on my injured leg I went home to ice it some more.
As of today, I'm a week post stupid injury. Still can't run, but at least I can walk without limping. I am still kicking myself for that last run. Why did I go out farther when it was hurting? Why did I ignore the pain the week before? Maybe I shouldn't have 'powered through' it. I should have listened to my body.
If nothing else, I have learned that it's OK to listen to your body. What's the point of getting in your miles or working on a personal best if you hurt yourself. I'm hoping my injury isn't too serious and that I can actually run my 10k race coming up in less than 2 weeks.
Just remember, that little voice in your head isn't there to slow you down or hold you back...it may just be that voice that saves you.