Pain In The Arse

Circle HopAfter four weeks, it seems that my post-marathon niggle doesn’t really want to go away and I’m going to have to face up to the fact that I am a little bit injured at the moment.

I have run once since the marathon, and I felt ok, but the next day the niggle was back and it isn’t going away. It’s a milder version of some of the pain that I felt in the final stages of the marathon, so I can only conclude that I did myself a bit of damage. A real pain in the arse, literally.

I didn’t really see much point in going to the doctors because, lets face it, there’s probably not much that they can do, so I looked up my symptoms on line to try to make sense of what’s going on. I found some useful information at sequencewiz.org which, although a website about yoga rather than running, had some useful information. As well as explaining what might be causing the problem, it also suggests some exercises that might help.

The main issue for me is that other than running, I don’t do much else in the way of exercise, which means that some of my muscles and tendons can’t keep up with my training. So it looks like I’m going to have to give running a miss for the time being and focus on working on those muscles and tendons.

In terms of cardio, I should still be ok to use the exercise bike to keep my fitness levels up, but in terms of running I’m going to just have to wait and see. Listen to your body, right?

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14 thoughts on “Pain In The Arse”

  1. Not being able to run really sucks in my (current) experience – I share your frustration! There are alternatives – spinning, biking, swimming – and needless to say the gym – good luck. Take care 😉

  2. IH KIRSTEN!!! 😔 what a shame! I does sound like you’ve got it all under wraps! Yoga girl… It’s amazing for running! I couldn’t do without it… Keep us posted xxx sending well wishes xxx

      1. oh no! my yoga teacher knows i run, and a few girls in our class are runners too… so he puts in some stretches specifically for us… He used to run, but through injury was forced to stop, he is now a walker… and LOVES it more…
        LOOK after yourself 🙂 *crossing fingers* its not too painful!

  3. That’s a shame but you are doing the right thing by resting. If it continues much longer I would get it checked though just to be on the safe side. Take care x

    1. Thanks Keith. I’m terrible when it comes to going to the doctor’s, but you are right. I’ll give it another couple of weeks and see if it improves. Cheers! 🙂

  4. Hi Kirsten, sorry to hear you’ve been ‘sidelined’. You’re doing the right thing listening to your body and trying other forms of exercise until it gets better. I’ll send up prayers for a speedy recovery 😀

    1. Thanks Sharon, I appreciate that. 🙂 The exercise bike and stretching aren’t as much fun as running, but I guess it needs to be done. It’s only a few weeks after all. 😉

  5. oh that is a pain in the ass!!!!! Hopefully it will heal with rest. I’d miss the dr & see a physiotherapist or sports physio. Luck!!!!!!

    1. I know, it’s very frustrating and the poor Garmin has been very neglected.. Definitely feels like I shouldn’t be running through it so it could be another couple of weeks, but I WILL be back running again soon. 🙂

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