First post-graduation post: - mixed bag

So I have been out twice to run since Christmas Day but in a completely unrelated activity - bending over on Christmas Eve to unpack a bag of groceries - I pulled some sort of muscle in my back and moving in any way around the middle has been very painful. I tried to ignore this and on Tuesday 27th I ran for 25 mins but felt far too shattered to do 30 mins. I was disappointed after defeating storm Barbara to do 35 mins the run before so I realise I am hard on myself. That was the injury beginning to kick in.

I went out two days later on Thursday but could only do 15 mins and my back has been very sore since so I've been abstaining till the pulled muscle recovers. Does that just take time or do people have any tips? It's at the base of my spine, at the back of my waist, if that makes sense.

So a bit disappointing as I really want to make progress towards speeding up and increasing distance but I just need to ease up and take care.

Very best wishes to you all for this new year

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  • I suffer from sacroiliac joint pain which makes my back feel stiff but painful getting up or down or sitting/standing still. I get the pain in my bum cheek and lower back. If it flares up I struggle to run or if I do I pay for it for a few days! Try to keep moving, not running and take some painkillers. Hopefully it will go in a few days.

  • Happy New Year SFG! Take yourself a few extra rest days but keep yourself moving. If it's not too painful, try some stretches too. Hope its just a minor strain and will clear up soon. Take things easy :)

  • Gentle walks and puttering is usually what I do when I put my back out. A little time off running won't set you back at all

  • The important thing with lower back pain is to keep moving. Try a heat pack to see if it helps ease it. Hope it sorts itself out soon!

  • Don't worry - a few days off is frustrating but won't dent your running ability.

    Just take it a bit easy - keep moving gently - but perhaps no running just now!

  • Update - back in it. 3km run yesterday. Back ok.

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