The Putrajaya Night Marathon is in 16 days time and I'm currently going through a spell of downtime from running. I've been ordered by the doctor to stay off the roads for at least a week and the wife is making pretty sure I stick to the doctor's order closely.
I've been having this pain in the left region of my groin for close to 10 days or more. It wasn't really that painful and I kept on running through the pain which normally goes off after a couple of kilometers of running. I even ran the PJ Half and though the pain was evident during the run, it didn't bug me all that much. More like an annoyance than real pain.
But to be honest, it had me worried. After doing some research online, I suspected it to be a hernia. The wife told me not to be a smart aleck and diagnose myself based on what I read from the internet. She forced me to go to a real professional for a check up.
So, off I went to get myself checked out. After going through a series of tests, the doctor said that there were no signs of it being a hernia and that it's probably muscular in nature which honestly was a relief. She also said that I'd have to lay off hitting the roads for at least a week. I was given muscle relaxant tablets and told to take it easy for now.
But the break is seriously putting a huge dent in my preparations for the PNM. All the hard work I've been putting in my training has been showing a lot of positive results and having to rest at this point of time is not a very good feeling. I was intending to better my full marathon timing this time around and believe that I could come in with better results than at the SCKLM. Now I'm not so sure anymore.
By the time I get back to running again, which will be sometime next week, It'll be time to taper for the PNM. Looks like I'll have to take a shorter tapering period and squeeze in as much training as I possibly can once I'm allowed to run again. It sucks being old cos you tend to get injured so much easier.
But I really can't afford anymore injuries cos it's going to be a pretty busy time for me starting from the PNM event cos the following two weekends will see me running the JW Cameron Highlands Run (with the wife) and the Powerman Asian Duathlon Championship (team relay with me doing both the run legs). They're not exactly easy events and I hope no other injuries will crop up during that busy period.
On the bright side, one good advantage I see coming from this forced break is that I will at least have fresh legs for the PNM. The ache in the groin also seems to be subsiding with an occasional dull pull once in a while. It feels much better than the past few days. Let's just hope it's on the road to full recovery. But heck, I really miss running!