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June 24, 2019

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Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
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  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

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qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

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last day off -- will try running again tomorrow. 

i started having some minor lower back pain/tightness [right side] sometime last week (maybe thursday or friday). it didn't hurt to run (although i did have to gingerly limp through the first 5-10 strides to get going), and it would get really tight after i stopped running. on monday and tuesday of last week, i could still run, but it was bothering me throughout -- enough tightntess to put a hitch in my stride, which started causing pain and problems elsewhere (IT band, knee, adductors). 

by tuesday night, i was having trouble walking without pain, and it started hurting a lot when sleeping (turning over and shifting). i was out on a walk with james on tuesday night (specifically, we were walking to the cookie shop lol), and the whole area spazzed out in pain. this is when i {james} decided that i should try taking a few days off to see if that would help. 

btw, this issue did not come on because of running (at least i don't think so). the problem definitely seems to be stemming from work-related activities, but i had to figure out if running was making it worse, better, or neutral. 

after five full days off, it feels the same. no better, no worse. foam rolling and tennis-balling do nothing for it, and i can't push into any specific spot that produces pain. so more than likely i've done the classic old lady move of "throwing my back out". in that case, i'm just going to have to wait it out and watch some old safety videos on how to lift and carry things properly.

here's a diagram for reference: 

the pain originates at the X -- this hurts pretty much all the time when walking around or when i shift while sleeping. the red grafitti shows where tightness and pain radiate when i'm running. my left big toe is also tagged, because in the last week, the bottom of it has gone completely numb and i don't know what that is about. but it's kind of interesting and maybe i'm about to die. 

i'm running a marathon in 7 weeks, so i might have to get legitimately aggressive with a back brace and a cane.

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From JulieC on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:26:52 from

Welcome to my world. Ok so to me it is a ruptured or pinched disc. Lumbar 3/4 or 5. That also crosses over to left side the disc fluid pressure making your left toe numb. Same disc. I recommend a good chiropractor. Ultrasound and laser to lower back st his office with an adjustment. Then stretching machine to remove pressure off the disc. Ice after visit.

From allie on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:34:09 from

thank you, julie. any insight is appreciated -- never had any back issues until now so i'm completely clueless!

From Bret on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 12:02:49 from

Sorry to hear - I think JulieC's recommendations are where I would start too. Numbness in the toe combined with the lower back pain seems nerve related - as in some compression of the nerve in the lumbar area. Get it checked out - and good luck.

From Jason D on Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 20:59:35 from

Seek out your resources if you can (PT, chiropractor, etc). You are much too young to feel that dang old. Good luck.

From Toby on Mon, Sep 03, 2018 at 14:58:41 from


All good suggestions so far! One other aspect.....when I had this problem, it was my pubic symphysis (I know....such an embarrassing word). A chiropractor was able to fix me. He also suggested strengthening my adductors (holding a stability ball between my knees and squeezing it) and glute medius (fire hydrant holds).

Good luck!

From allie on Mon, Sep 03, 2018 at 15:29:05 from

thank you! this is all helpful as i'm still trying to work out the best course of action and exercises/stretches to try.

with love,

little old lady

From JD on Mon, Sep 03, 2018 at 16:15:00 from

ah so THAT’S what “lol” stands for!!

the nice thing about beings in your early thirties is that you can remain in your early thirties for like fifteen years, especially if you’re a runner.

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