I have a mild groin strain that has, unfortunately, led to me mentally adandoning the 13km xc race I have entered this coming Saturday.
My question is: Are there any exercises I can be doing to keep things loose and aid the healing process? It doesn't really hurt at the moment, just feels tight all the time. It's only when I go running that it starts to hurt.
I think you've missed the OP's point, he's injured and is not running.
No I haven't, I was responding to the comments above about why dropping pasta/bread etc is supposed to be beneficial. However, it could also have benefits when not running as you can still train your body to burn fat, rather than sugars, when not exercising. In fact, it is probably more important in that situation.
My suggestion? Make a nice, big salad in a lock-on tupperware box and take that. Make your own dressing from olive oil, white wine vingegar etc to avoid bought ones with excessive sugar and salt.
Isn't the idea that pasta, bread etc tend to produce sugars that are easily absorbed into your bloodstream. The body looks to this for energy first and uses it up quite quickly, especially as we can only store around 2000 calories this way.
The way I understand it, and I may be terrifyingly wrong, is to eat foods that produce sugars that aren't so easily absorbed and force the body to look towards it's fat reserves for energy. This is also better for endurance as even the thinnest of people can store 40-50,000 calories in body fat, which means less chance of hitting the wall.
Well, I've only been running since November (been cycling mainly for the last 20 odd years), but a few injuries (ankle, mainly) have scuppered things a bit, although it seems I am over these now **touches wood**.
Most of my runs have been betweel 7 and 10km, with a few over 10km and one snowy 17km run.
All of my running, well as much as I can, has been off road, so I don't think the terrain will be an issue, and I won't be doing it in fancy dress unless you count Skins tights, Gore shorts and a Craft top