Injury?

After doing W3R3 successfully on Friday, last night I noticed a bit of pain in my hip near the front when I was getting up fro a seated position and also when I was climbing the stairs. This morning I did W4R1 without any problems during the run but now the pain is sometimes also present in my groin, especially when I am extending my leg (e.g. pressing the clutch in my car). I don't really want to make any excuses not to run as it doesn't hurt at all when running or walking but nor do I want to make it any worse. The pain, when it's there, is only brief and quite sharp. Do I rest it for a while and put C25K on hold or carry on?

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  • Squats! Now! Then leave the running for a few days.

  • "Tendons first" is the thing I'm trying to make propaganda for at the moment. (And "tendon", here, means any connective tissue.) A large part of what you're trying to achieve in c25k is to develop connective tissues that can carry you through years of injury free running. Sometimes you do that by hurting yourself too much to run (if you go too fast, for example), and you have to wait a longish while for the tissue to rebuild.

    I have no idea what's causing your pain, but I do know that the safest approach is to give it rest. You'll catch up the lost time in resting proactively much quicker than that spend resting in reaction to an injury.

  • I would take it easy for a few days and try some gentle hip flexor stretches. They were the things that gave me most grief when I started but do stretch them carefully at first as they can be very very tight. :-(

  • Always best to err on the side of caution. This is the beginning of listening to your body, which always does a better job of keeping you clear of injury than mere advice from us. It doesn't take long to get injured, but always seems to take ages to recover.

    Have a few days rest and if it persists best get it checked out by GP or physio.

  • Thanks guys! The pain seems to be more towards the groin now and it's particularly bad when I am climbing/descending stairs. So I'm going to give the running a rest till I can't feel any pain walking up the stairs.

  • Good call. And if you have a running-friendly GP they'll give you good advice too. Hobble down there if it doesn't sort itself.

  • Well, I seem to be able to ascend and descend stairs without pain this morning. Off to the rugby today so no chance of running till at least tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed there's no recurrence!

  • Bit of an update... I reran W3R3 on Friday afternoon and reran W4R1 this morning. The final run was quite tough but I managed it. No ill effects afterwards other than very tired legs. Pleased that I took the advice to take a few days rest!

    Onwards to W4R2 on Tuesday (presumably in the rain!)

  • Good to hear Simon.

    Yes its amazing what taking a couple of extra rest days can do !

    Running in the rain is brilliant , a run, therapy and a shower all at the same time ( I nicked that off Pinterest :-) ) xxx

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