I guess I should have knocked on wood when I wrote the injury prevention post, or maybe paid a little closer attention to my bodies signals.
It looks like I will be off running for a while. I have an L5/S1 disc bulge which is causing some serious secondary muscle pain. The thing is, it wasn't really a gradual build.
Last Thursday I went for physio to see about the apparent diastatsis recti I have (only 2 fingers BTW which isn't really that bad). I don't know if the manipulations there awoke a sleeping giant, but 3k into a friday run I had to walk. 500m yesterday I had to walk again, this time in tears. I have never had running pain like this. It is not the gradual build kind, it is the kind that flares with your first step and screams STOP!
After an 8am chiropractor appointment, things look pretty bleak for the rest of the month. I went to a new chiro and he used the tens machine for about 15 minutes to get the muscle to release followed by some pretty uncomfortable ART. I don't have serious nerve pinching which is positive.
Here are a few things that may be contributing to this issue:
- Pregnancy obviously had more impact on my pelvis than I first thought.
- Weak gluteal muscles from the first two months of caring for a newborn and couch time breastfeeding.
- Running with the jogging stroller because it is so different form wise.
- Some weird stretches I did last week that I saw on competitor.com
I feel frustrated and a little sad because I really have been conservative with my mileage, backing of when I felt sore and generally following injury prevention protocol.
Please cross your fingers for me that this heals quickly! Any suggestions are welcome.