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I'm a twenty-nine year old Army wife currently living near a large Army post. I have an unhealthy obsession with Dr. Pepper, the Internet, cloth diapers, and ridiculous TV shows. I'm a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters, AJ and Amelia. We also have a 6 year old beagle named Abby who is as dumb as a box of rocks.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Overcoming Injury

So I'm pretty sure that D would disagree with me and explain how my intense, stabbing back pain is not actually an injury, but a result of poor maintenance. You see, my hamstrings are so tight and under-stretched that they've pulled my hips all out of whack. Now I'm experiencing some of the worst back pain imaginable. Its difficult for me to stand up straight and it doesn't seem to be getting any better, despite the almost constant stretching I've been doing.

It is really getting me down, mostly because its making everything more difficult (read: taking care of AJ), but also because I had really planned on buckling down and hammering away at the half marathon training (since I'm registered to run 13.1 miles 3 weeks from today and I'm totally unprepared). I'm getting really, super nervous about this race now and I was hoping to feel confident going in.

At least I know that if all hell breaks loose and this race goes horribly wrong, I have another half that I'm signed up for at the end of February. Even if I have to walk more of this race than I planned on (and I planned on not walking any of it) I will have a shot at a do-over 15 weeks later. We'll just have to see how this pans out.

With that being said, I haven't run since "injury" day, which was Thursday. My back was a little sore so I decided to go for a run and see if it would loosen me up. I was planning on running 5 miles and had to cut it down to only 3 miles. I barely made it home and was actually running through scenarios in my head that included calling 911 when I collapsed on the street. I was honestly thinking about how I needed to make sure to hold on to the stroller so AJ wouldn't roll down the hill and get hit by a car.

I'm now thinking that I will probably go out and run tomorrow to see how I feel running in hopes that it will either make me feel better or make me realize that I can (or can't) run with the pain. I'll update you all on how it goes!

Anyway, that it what is happening in my life right now. If you have any advice or words of encouragement, feel free to bestow it upon me! I can use all the help I can get! Oh, and good luck/job to all my bloggy friends (and IRL friends) who ran the Army 10-Miler this morning! You rock!


  1. Lady - get yourself to a sports massage therapist STAT who can work your quads, hammies, and piriformis. I hope you start feeling better!

  2. I would say you need to stop running! Maybe take a muscle relaxer, a hot bath and keep stretching. And if you do really want to test things...maybe go for a walk instead of a run. I worry about you pushing the stroller because that will keep your back more tense.

  3. Ugh. I hurt my back this summer and it was the worst pain I've ever had. :(

    I would say take as many hot baths as possible (with epsom salts), alternate heat and ice packs, and if possible sweet talk your husband into giving you a really good massage. :)

    Good luck girl!!

  4. Sorry your going through this!! I really wish I had some great advice for you, but I don't know the first thing about running because I'm lazy bum. Haha. But seriously, I hope things start to feel better VERY soon and you do wonderful in your marathon :)

  5. My sister-in-law did a half after 12 weeks of training (starting with 1 mile the first week and adding a mile each week), and even after all that said the pain got pretty bad around mile 10. Don't hurt yourself too much! There is always another race. Half-marathons aren't anything to play around with.


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