A jigsaw comes together

There has been a slight hiatus in ‘the fat burn revolution’. Following Fridays (enthusiastic downhill) run I managed to ‘put my back out’ and on Saturday morning woke up with the most immobilising, painful lumbar spasm I have ever had.

to cut a long story short, I visited a chiropractor, have been doing exercises and icing all weekend and am going back for review this morning. I did improve rapidly over 24 hrs, and this morning woke up with my ‘normal’ level of back pain and stiffness.

i had a similar thing last year, not as severe initially but it took weeks to improve. At that time I did a bit of reading and thought that I probably had a short iliopsoas muscle as I sit at a desk/dining table/steering wheel most of the time. Since starting the exercise programme for the fat burn revolution I also found that I have no strength in my gluteal muscles at all,being unable to do the single leg bridges, which gave me immediate cramp in my hamstrings. This might explain why I get low back pain from running.

It all fits together, and I think that I have an ‘anterior pelvic tilt’ which I can improve by stretching hip flexors, strengthening glutes and strengthening abdominal core. When you search for it there’s quite a bit written about it, but I’ve never seen anything about it in runners magazines. I suspect that’s because it’s something that affects people with life long  sedentary -ism and most runners don’t fall into that category..

On the bright side, now I have identified the problem I can attempt to solve it. These people seem to have a logical approach;image

As well as preventing my low back pain, strengthening my glutes may also improve my ‘push off’ and running speed and efficiency,, but most importantly I like to think that it’s going to help me avoid chronic back pain in my old age!

this journey to health and fitness is more complicated than I thought it would be!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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6 Responses to A jigsaw comes together

  1. bitzy-ku says:

    I always like to think these things will be a walk in the park and be surrounded by soft fluffy linings…. Then I try something and the reality kicks in – at least you are trying and getting some answers as you go. Look after yourself and hopefully you’ll be back to full strength soon. 🙂 x

  2. That sounds painful! I hope all the exercises continue to help get it right. It is quite complex all this running stuff – I’ve learnt about muscles I never even knew I had, and usually I learn about them when they start to get a bit ouchy! It’s good to be getting strong and fit and making these muscles all work together.

    • mawil1 says:

      Yes! A positive attitude is important isn’t it? I’m so impatient though! I’ll update about the exercises in a couple of weeks and let you know if I have developed ‘buns of steel’ ha ha!

  3. Mimi Loves to Run says:

    Glad to hear speedy recovery! Great blog. Always inspiring!

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