Bulging flames of fire

Hi Dear Physio… it’s Princess… so you know how I’m running again?
Well, I kinda, sorta, totally, uhm, well, you know… I hurt my groin… and, uhm, I really need you to fix it… fast! 🙁

Last Friday’s long run has left me hobbled. I’m pretty sure it happened around the 12 km mark when I felt my ankle half roll on a narrow pathway with hidden dips and had to quickly stabilize my form. I didn’t notice the ache at first, but hours after the run, I felt tightness in my groin area, around the inguinal ligaments, both sides – is that normal??? –  and at first I thought it was just like all the other tight aches I was feeling. But then, as the days passed, a few things niggled at my paranoia. Every time I picked up speed for something, like jogging across the street, or sprinting after Little Ring, I felt pangs of pain in the area. I skipped my run on Monday, but went out this morning, thinking everything would be fine.

It was not.

As soon as I started running, my whole groin area felt as though it were on fire. But with every stride, I thought it was loosening, and I didn’t even think about it the entire time. But after the run… HOLY FREAKING CRUD MONKEY!!! It felt as though someone had injected bulging flames of fire in there.

I tried stretching, icing, and Advilling multiple times a day. But aside from a few minutes of relief, nothing. And you know what sucks? I have a scheduled 10 km race Sunday. Seriously, could the timing get any worse???

One of the many icing sessions today… and yes, I did use my pjs for a tourniquet!

I’m still hoping it’s just an acute case of tight muscles, but given the pain really hasn’t eased, I’m beginning to doubt that, which means I’ll be playing my Friday run and Sunday race by ear 🙁


  • 5 a.m. BG before: 10.0
  • Temp. basal: none
  • Carbs: granola bar (14g) with bolus
  • Time: 30 minutes (5′ warmup/20′ tempo/5′ cool down
  • Distance: 5.42 km
  • Average tempo pace: 5:18 min/km
  • 6 a.m. BG after: 11.1

Have you ever experienced a groin injury? What did you do?

4 thoughts on “Bulging flames of fire”

  1. I’ve had groin injuries twice, both quite bad. Unfortunately , I’ve been told they don’t partially heal, so you can then run on them. Both times I had to take close to 6 weeks off.
    Maybe you caught it sooner than I did I hope??

    1. Sorry, that was super confusing. What meant to say is I was told for my injuries, to wait until it was totally gone before running. I hope that’s not the case for you

  2. Yes I’ve been injured there too. I did lots of ART and massaged, iced and stretched my way through it. Have you tried massaging with a golf ball? Might help ease some of the pain?

  3. oh no!! hope it isn’t anything. I’ve been lucky but my sister pulled a groin muscle training for a marathon and had to take some time off. crossing fingers for you

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