Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I have a Groin?

For some reason, whenever I hear that someone pulled a groin…I always assume that it was a male.  It sounds like such a masculine injury and I connect it to “bathing suit spot” (thanks babe for using this term ha). Wrong.

Here is some info about it courtesy of About.com

Pain in the groin is often the result of a groin (adductor muscle) pull or strain. This is similar to any other type of pulled or strained muscle, but it occurs when the the adductors (muscles in the inner thigh) are stretched beyond their limits. This can result in small muscle tears that cause pain and swelling. The groin muscles include the adductor magnus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, pectineus, and gracilis.

The adductors are fan-like muscles in the upper thigh that pull the legs together when they contract. They also help stabilize the hip joint. The adductors attach from the pelvis to the femur (thigh bone).



Now you might be wondering why am I boring you with this. Because I think I have pulled mine =(. For the past couple of weeks, I have been having a nagging pain on the left side of my abdomen and since I have PCOS, I just assumed it was a pain in my ovary. Then I started to notice that the pain would worsen when I would walk and even far worse when I would run. Now remember, I also have Plantar Fasciitis on my left foot (also on right but not as bad) so I am sure that this has something to do with the pain.

The first advice that they give to people who are suffering from this, is to stop working out. Well, I am training for my half marathon so I can’t even fathom the idea of sitting around. I will continue to do my training but I will incorporate a lot of walking breaks but still try to stick to the miles that I have to hit each week.

I will also start to include a lot more stretching (as well as icing the area) in my cool-down…like this one…



and this…



This morning I was supposed to run 4 miles but the pain started up and I ended up jogging/walking 3.6 miles instead.

I also purchased Dr Scholl’s Massaging Gel Sport and hope that they help ease the impact during my runs…


Hopefully these simple changes will help me get back to normal and keep on running.



  1. oh ow! I bet that hurts so bad! I love the title of this post by the way. Hope you feel better asap.

  2. That sucks! I hope you find some relief soon.

  3. beware...I once thought I pulled a muscle in my groin and it was actually a pelvic stress fracture...so just be careful!

  4. I think maybe I sensed something was going on with you, and your groin (ha!) because I just woke up from a dream that YOU were in!! You an Nic, and your....son. Yeah, I know you don't have one, but you did in my dream. We ran into you in NYC and you were buying whole wheat pretzels. RANDOM!!!!!!!
    Anyway, it was great meeting you, in my dream, and I hope your groin gets better! Take it easy. It sounds like you have a great plan for your training.

  5. Oh no! A pulled groin does hurt. Feel better soon.

  6. Yikes!! Feel better!

  7. Mari.. I know it's "vogue" to self diagnose.. but your "tissue issues" are not only likely related but one may be causing the other and stretching may or may not be the correct response to groin pain.. it's always more complicated than it appears.. Remember the screen from way back when? Well, that helps in determining WHY.. these things happen.. Let me know if I can be of assistance..


  8. Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition where at the bottom of the foot’s plantar fascia becomes inflamed due to a number of reasons. When this happens the plantar fascia or a tissue ligament (which is easier to understand) becomes swollen and irritated. Hence, for such persons it is very important that they wear special shoes that are specifically designed managing this condition.


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