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I just signed up for my 1st marathon. I'm not a total newbie, I have run 2 1/2 marathons in the past and a bunch of different 5ks, 8ks. I will confess that I have neglected my running for a long time and about a month ago I decided to jump back into my sneakers and go for a run. I ran about 4 miles and felt amazing...unfortunately, the next day I woke up with the worst back pain. I went to the doctor and they said it was back spasms. But, I never experienced that before. I'm so bummed! Has anyone experienced that before? How do I keep running if the next day I am going to wake up like a zombie. I ran about 2 weeks ago and put in about 5 1/2 miles (slow and steady) I had no pain at all during the run. The next day....pain!
I refuse to give up my dream to run the Chicago Marathon...its my hometown and I want to reach that finish line! Any suggestions or experiences that you can share would be great!
Thanks a bunch.
I am in somewhat the same situation - I'm a beginning runner, a BIG guy (214 lbs and over 6"), and have been running for 8 months. I've lately gone up to 3x/week, 4 miles per run, and two weeks ago finished a run feeling fine, but woke up with some pain and incredible stiffness in my lumbar area. It's been gradually loosening up, and I can stretch, but I still have tightness and discomfort and have not bee able to run these last two weeks (though I can walk, but need to stoop over just a degree or two.)
I'm assuming it has something to do with NOT cooling and stretching properly at the end of the run, or my shoes. I'm also assuming it's a pure muscle problem and not a damaged inter-vertebral disc (it's not really painful, just stiffness and soreness, though it does seem to be right on the lumbar part of the spine.)
I could use some advice on how to avoid this in the future.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer advice.
I'm sorry to see that you are struggling with the same issue, Petronio. I think you could be onto something with stretching properly. I am not a big fan of stretching after my runs. I tend to walk for 2-5 mins and call it a day after my runs, which could be the culprit. It's extremely frustrating because I feel myself getting hesitant to go for a run in fear that when I wake up the next day my back will be stiff as a board.
I'm curious, when you feel stiff, is it a dull constant pain or is it a sharp pain that once you get active it goes away? The reason I ask is that I heard that a sharp pain that goes away once you start your workout and comes back once you're relaxed is caused by a pinch to the sciatic nerve. Thats what I have been experiencing.
Hopefully, we will get some advice from our fellow runners on this site!
Now that you mention it - the pain is a dull, constant one. And it's not really all that painful. The lumbar area burns a bit sometimes, but mostly it's very, very stiff. When I stand straight, I find my knees automatically buckling to take some pressure off. Very wierd.
I'm beginning to suspect that running uphill may be the culprit. I have long uphill sections in my runs, and noticed when walking around today that going uphill or downhill beyond a mild gradient puts dramatically more pressure on my now sensitized back.
If it doesn't clear up in one more week, I'll see a doctor. Hopefully it's not disc damage, I REALLY don't want to confront something so detrimental when I've really only just begun.