Post # 1
Hi bees! So the Aussie Bees know this cause i’ve been whining in the Aussie Chatterboxes thread, but I was trained up and ready to run a 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I was taking it really easy on Saturday, watching movies and cleaning the house and whatnot. After I had vacuumed, my cat EXPLODED all over it – biggest cat vomit i’ve ever seen! I have a fairly serious vomit phobia so i jumped out of the way and out of the room, and something i did twanged my lower back, and i think i knew right in that moment the race was off….i tried to control the pain, took hot baths and dosed myself up on drugs, but nothing doing. It was soooo painful saturday night, but i got in bed around 8 hoping for a miracle – when my alarm went off Sunday morning at 5:15 i sat up to turn it off and my back seized up like I’ve never felt – i was paralysed for a few seconds and pain shot down both my legs. Clearly, I was not running. Really, really disappointing 🙁
Have any runners out there dealt with this? My back feels SO weak at the moment – i just walked around the block and my lower back muscles are practically shaking from the pain. I guess I’m looking for advice…how can this be prevented, have you dealt with this before, what can i do now to reduce my pain and uncomfortableness…i’m just feeling really sorry for myself, been home and lonely all day and I’m still mad at the cat.
Post # 3
I’ve been there. My back seized after a half marathon last May. It was the worst pain ever. Seriously, if FI hadn’t been there, I think I would have had to have phoned 911 b/c I couldn’t even get out of bed.
Go to your doctor. If it is a spasm, those muscles could still be spasming, which is what is causing the continual pain. And it can cause lasting damage.
Post doctor, lots of heat packs, lots of stretching, start getting regular massage, and start swimming. It’s low impact, and it will strengthen your core (lots of back stuff is from weak cores – and runners are known for having weak cores).
It took me nearly a full year to come back. But, I’m a better runner now than I was then in part because I cross train, rest more, and stretch. It maybe a one time deal, but for me, I’ve beyond careful with my back now.
Good luck! You aren’t alone!
Post # 4
Yes, I’ve tweaked my back before and it is terrible. If you pull a muscle, all the muscles around it will try to protect it and contract…making it quite painful. I’ve done it bending over to wash my face or taking off a pair of pants. I actually have a problem right now with my whole left side (shoulder on down to hamstring), that makes running painful. (Thank the Lord for the foam roller – only thing that helps the pain at all). I don’t know what is going on with that.
I suggest that you go visit a doctor – preferably someone in sports medicine. It sounds like you did something pretty bad and you may want to get checked out to be on the safe side.
Until you get to a Dr, I recommend lots of rest, advil every 4 hours to reduce inflammation, and alternating heat/ice every 15 minutes.
Post # 5
Thanks girls, I’m feeling a bit better and had to come into work yesterday and today unfortunately. Its feeling a bit stronger. I have a physiotherapy apt tomorrow after work and I’m excited about getting to the root of the issue and getting my core stronger. I agree that that is 100% the problem….I get so into running when i’m training that I “forget” to cross train/strength train and this is the result.
I keep hearing about these foam rollers for runners but have never seen one…can you explain to me what they are? I’m picturing like a foam rolling pin…
I had a life goal of completing a 1/2 marathon before I was 30, which is now shot, and I think thats whats bothering me most…10 days til my Bday and no 1/2 🙁
Anyway thank you very much for the support and its nice to know I’m not alone (although I wouldn’t wish this on anyone!!)