Hello Ecce, am delighted to share a happy ending to my story. I was out for a full 4+ months Feb - May, but started running again in June, and am currently doing about 25 miles per week, including a 9-10mile wkly long run. And I feel only minimal discomfort during each run, say 1/10 level, which disappears very quickly with good stretching. It's definitely not pain!
My recovery took so long because as well as the adductor tear, I had calcification in the tendons which restricted the flow of blood to the damaged muscles and really slowed down the healing process. It's fairly common in shoulder rotator cuffs apparently, but not in groin / adductor tendons. We only established this because I made bit of a fuss. I was paying privately for weekly physio sessions (am in Dubai and this is fairly standard) and I was following their guidance by the book, but after 9-10 weeks I was no closer to even managing a short walk-run. So they carried out an ultra sound, and the calcification deposits were immediately visible. It wasn't something they'd usually expect to see, so it was reasonable not to have carried out the ultra sound until I pushed for more clarity on why it was taking so flipping long to get better.
There wasn't a treatment to break down the deposits, but it made a huge difference for me just to know that there was an additional factor in the mix.
Long story short, I just waited it out and gradually started running again mid-June when it felt ok to do so. I was offered a steroid injection to mask the pain while the area healed, but I was happy to let nature fix things once I know what was going on.
My big learning has been about managing the stuff that caused this in the first place - weak glutes, weak core, wrong shoes, and lack of proper strengthening and conditioning activities. I don't neglect these areas now.
Best of luck! It's a frustrating and painful injury, but definitely recoverable. Be patient and don't try too much too soon. Let us know how you get on!
Finally found a moment to check back in, and wow, you all did brilliantly! I was at the finishing line for about 2 hours just where the medals and goody bags were being given out, and probably saw a few of you without realising. And I shared in the experience of getting absolutely drenched in that huge downpour!
Well done everyone, a lot of great stories here. Am already signed up for next year, hopefully I'll be running, not transferring my place and spectating.
Just caught up on about 4pages of posts, I'm so excited for you all! Long runs aplenty, and adrenaline and happy nervousness starting to kick in! im envious of everyone, but am getting vicarious enjoyment from your build up too. Am still not running, but leg is significantly better, less than 1/10 pain each day, with some pain free hours too, and this is a real change from last time I posted.
too many names to shout out individually, but loving ALL the stories and chatter.
happy running this weekend, enjoy it while you can, still a wee while before taper starts!
Aaaaaand I'm out. I'm still in mild pain from Tuesday's Run Walk and I've accepted that i just need to listen to what my leg is telling me, and have a longer period of rest. This is fine. I think I've already gone through all the frustration and disappointment emotions in the last 6 weeks, time to focus on getting properly healed.
i'll still be a supportive lurker here because I've got flights and hotel booked, and a couple of old friends running, so I might well be on the finish line as a spectator. And I'll be really keen to hear how you're all getting on, I imagine several of us will be back next year. I aim to be!
Thanks everyone. I'm dropping out of Edinburgh, which has made it relatively easy to also say no more Run Walks for now. The pressure to try and force a faster recovery is off. Focus is on healing and strengthening, bike for cardio. I'll chat to my physio about introducing lunges (she hasn't yet let me do planks but I think that that progression is coming soon, hopefully same for squats and lunges).
Thanks for your responses, 'patience' clearly is the key message here, plus the right non-running work.