Well, the groin definitely feels better now. Some time ended up really being all it needed. As I said before, I have been rehabbing like a crazy man, though I don’t know if it really sped things up or not. I’m still giving it another 4 days and then I’m going to ease back into the running (and I’m going to tape and wrap the shit out of my leg because I’m totally paranoid now about re-injuring it). It’s still a little sore when I get up in the morning, but it seems to loosen up within a half-hour after that and feels pretty normal for the rest of the day. Some range of motion limitation is still there too.
The internet was a constant source of concern for me during this thing, especially when I started reading about slow onset groin injuries and the chance that it could be tendinosis, which is apparently horribly slow to heal and would put me out of commission for 6-10 weeks at least. It doesn’t seem, however, that this is what’s going on. I think there may have been an inflammatory component, but it was likely a muscle strain that never fully healed and just ended up getting worse over time.
I don’t know if I’m going to attempt my first marathon this year. I think I need to become a bit more seasoned as a long distance runner before I tackle it. Besides, it’s pretty obvious to me that my real talent is in the shorter races, especially the 5K. So tentatively I have decided to scrap the marathon plans for 2015 and have planned a schedule which will see me do 3 each of 5K, 8K, 10K, and half marathon distances. I can always add or switch to a marathon if I change my mind. I just felt that running became much less fun for me, and much more like a job or a chore, once I started the really high volume marathon training weeks, and I don’t need that right now. I think I’ll be ready to meet the challenge at some point, but that point is not now. So, my next race is an 8K in about 2 weeks and should give me a pretty good idea of where I am at rehab wise. Can’t wait to lace up and get out there again.