Or maybe it's happened to you too. We should talk.
Either way, you're reading this now, so might as well keep going. Apparently it's a regular thing in the football and soccer world. Something about that repetitive motion in running...
It's been happening for a while - the pain. I specifically remember in June of 2014 while running up and down Heartbreak Hill (yes, THAT Heartbreak Hill!) at the Boston Runner's World Festival, relaying my issues with pain (right smack in the middle of my pubic bone), with my running friends, Liz, Jillian and Devin. The pain had not become too intense yet, but it was an annoyance. Certainly not something that was supposed to be happening during or after running.
Fast forward to July 2017. Rob and I had just finished a trip up to Table Rock, South Carolina, where I had scaled two summits in one day. I have never climbed that high ever - much less twice in one day.
After returning home, I began to experience shooting pain down the inner part of my right leg. It would come in waves. Sometimes a dull, lasting pain, other times a shooting, stabbing pain that would make it impossible to walk. I knew it was time to see a doctor.
I chose the best, JOI, Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute - The Jaguars docs - The Armada docs. The best in the business locally. I chose the top hip/groin expert and drove almost an hour across town to his office. X-rays, MRIs and examinations complete, I was told to rest, attend physical therapy and above all strengthen my hips and glutes. Got it!
So I faithfully rested, (even though I was supposed to be training for my second 50 miler! So much for that!) attended twice a week PT sessions accompanied by some fun Graston Technique (NOT!), and by October, joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. I was going to strengthen my hips and glutes if it killed me! Or bankrupted me! My thoughts were, once PT was finished, hiring a personal trainer would be cheaper that PT! It was, but still...
I ran again, many, many times. Not completely without pain but never so bad that it would prevent me from running. I went on to run my 11th marathon at DONNA 2018 and had a solid training plan for my second fifty miler.
Fast forward to the DONNA Marathon 2019. Training had been less than desirable. After finishing my second 50 miler (finally) in June 2018, the pain had flared up again and became a regular thing in my life. Nothing like a flaring groin as EB would say! I went in to the marathon weekend with a lot of doubts. Truly unsure if I could make it past the halfway point. I made it to mile 19 and then started to fall apart. Anyone who saw my finish, or my race photos knows that I was certainly not myself as I crossed the finish line. I have never walked across a finish line. But I did that day. It was awful. But I finished.
So I called up the doctor again. Retuned this past Friday for more X-rays and analysis.
The Result: Osteitis Pubis: bone has actually started to erode and cysts have formed. Inflammation is causing the pain. No running for at least 3 months and see if it calms down. May do other types of cardio like bike (yuck) and swimming. Anti-inflammatories prescribed. And probably no marathons anymore...
So what's the NEW plan?
- Well, no GATE River Run for sure - may walk part of it then quit halfway or something and head back to the finish to cheer. But I will refrain from running at all for at least 3 months.
- YOGA - every damn day! as my friend Karli would say. Time to officially join Big Fish with a yearly membership. That's where I'm going to spend most of my time. I like the people there. I like the vibe. And Lord knows I desperately need a new tribe. Guess He's making sure that happens NOW!
- I'm also going to continue with my personal trainer, letting him know the news on Monday. I will keep working on strength.
- Diet will become a focus as I work to incorporate foods that aid in reducing inflammation in the body as well as eating more like a yogi and less like a distance runner!
I'm not going to give up on my bucket list of marathons I still want to run. I will rest from running until this summer. I will see what my body does and how it responds. And I will document the journey here.
If anyone else has gone through this, please reach out! I would love to know about your successful rehab techniques and anything else that worked!
Thanks for reading! <3
Thanks for reading! <3