After the Liverpool Rock and Roll half/full marathon we received a free pint of Cobra beer. It was rock and roll however. I ran the half and it was gratefully received! After all, post-exercise beer counts double eh? There were nanas and healthier, more hydrating drinks on offer though.
Most race 'goody bags' I've experienced usually have some water and a mars bar.
Then again, I don't usually compete in serious races. There's always an element of fun in there which I guess goes with the whole junk food thing. Healthier food options would be nice however. I'm guessing that there aren't many 'healthy' food trucks around and junk food is much cheaper for the masses.
In normal circumstances I love a large cross section of pineapple and some protein.
Red bull can be a lifesaver also- once after a trail duathlon my body was so depleted I was weaving in my lane when driving home. Stopped at a garage and wolfed down a chicken salad sandwich and can of red bull. Perfect again.
Anyway, I'm rambling. I agree with the above that bringing your own stuff is a shout!
If anyone's experiencing similar symptoms to the issue here, my recovery was as follows:
Lower abdomen area was painful (moreso than the groin specifically), especially when attempting to run. Around 1.5 months after the injury I could barely run 10 metres since it activated the lower abdominal area. Cross Trainer (elliptical) was fine, as was walking at speed.
It was a simply a case of giving myself time to heal and gradually increasing intensity/length of exercise. Had a couple of physio treatments which massaged the groin and lower abdomen area.
Approx 2 months in- could use the concept2 rowing machine and run a treadmill kilometre.
Lower abdomen felt a little tight, twingy and ‘naggy’ at times but didn’t worsen. Actually felt better than before the test run the day after.
Gradually increased distance. First 5k treadmill 2.5 months in.
Since at around 3-3.5 months I’m back running outdoor 10k (same speed as before), full range of abs exercises and jumping plyo stuff (jump squats/lunges/skipping/burpees).
Occasionally it can mildly twinge but this lessens each time I exercise. It’s no big deal.
Next step is to get back on the squash court!
Anyway, if you land on this thread I hope this is of use. I was worried about hernias and all that stuff, but in this case it was about healing time, a bit of physio and gradual escalation of exercise.
I had an issue with my IT band after I strained it following a long cycle a couple of years back. When running I'd feel a tickle at 1.5miles then the pain would build gradually until it stopped me.
It was due to scar tissue (adhesions) from the initial injury rubbing and becoming inflamed. Possibly built up due to me being too eager after the strain and not allowing enough time to recover/no foam rolling.
Had a few sessions with a physio involving deep tissue work. Bloody painful breaking it all down but it worked amazingly and it hasn't returned!
I have abdominal pain similar to that described in this thread. It is in the lower abdomen on the right hand side and is aggravated by sneezing. It occurs after running or if I lie on the ground and lift up my stretched legs off the ground. I took a four week break and it eased of. Yesterday I went for a 4-5 mile run and the pain is back. I had a scan but there was no sign of a hernia and there is also no bump. My doctor doesn't know what it is. Can anyone suggest what it may be.
I can see it's been a few years since your post, but I'm wondering how you got on? I'm experiencing something similar. Went a little too heavy on the leg press and popped my groin.
Been five weeks now and although the groin is getting lots better I have a similar abdominal pain to the one you describe. I can do most things (cycle, cross trainer, weights) but I can't run or make any fast, sharp movements. A leg raise or L-seat as you describe would bring on the pain also. It's extremely sharp and stops me immediately.
Brilliant race, would certainly say it's the toughest trail run I've entered so far and was very enjoyable (before this I've been in Spartan, MudRunner Classic, Hell Down South). The hills were punishing! Finished at 1hr 49 but reckon I can do better next time (had calorie burnout at around 9 miles (but of course ploughed on through it)- will eat for heavy hills in future and train more specifically beforehand!). Saying that, think it was great this being the first time on the run since we had no idea what to expect and fell for mind games the course designers played!
Slightly surprised the bog was so shallow- I'm only 5'5 and had to swim a fair bit of it in HDS, but guess that's what gives each course its character?
Hats off to the event organisers and designers, it was a beaut! Bring on next year...