Welcome to October – the month of Halloween, the true ushering in of Autumn, all of the pumpkin (please make it stop, I’m just not a fan of the pumpkin onslaught) and the revisitation of my back injury. This post could have been titled Oops, I Did It Again but I’m pretty sure that I may have post titled with that in the past.
I’ve reinjured my back so many times and whined about it incessantly (like here and here and here) that I’m very sure you all are all sick of hearing it. But I should have seen this one coming – I’ve been active but inconsistent about my activity. I don’t normally weigh myself but when I went to the doctor a few weeks ago, I noticed that I had put on a few pounds (which makes a huge difference when you’re only 5′ 1″) and I’ve paid little or not attention to my core strength. In addition, I’ve finally been convinced that spinning is not the friend of those with injured back.
I love indoor cycling but the the last two times I’ve injured myself, it’s been due to spinning. I also believe that the spin shoes I bought a year and a half ago are cursed. The day these shoes arrived (after I purchased them on eBay), I injured myself in a spin class.
After the injury, I put the shoes on a high shelf in my closet and didn’t take them down until about a month ago. Yesterday, I put them on and said to myself that I needed to put clips on them (cheap on eBay because they had no clips) because I’d been spinning regularly and then in spin class yesterday, I felt a small twinge of pain – you know the pain that kind of vibrates through you? It was a tiny twinge so I pulled back my effort, engaged my core muscles a little bit more but didn’t stop until the class was over.
I thought the little twinge was a sign to pull back or I would get injured NOT that I already was injured. By the time I got home (after finishing the 50 minute class and going grocery shopping, of course), my right lower back was tender, achy and giving me all of the signs that I was indeed injured and not on my way to injury as I believed.
So now I’m here – icing my back off and on for the next 48-72 hours and slowly incorporating some active recovery.
I’m ridiculously pissed off (at myself) but I’ve finally realized that I need to go on a break with spinning for awhile. I’ll be going back to my Physical Therapy exercises, possibly going to the pool for some water core work and recommitting to Pilates (at least 3x/week), in addition to putting some strength work into my routine. My WundaBar Pilates 60 Day Challenge last year showed me the power of Pilates work for core strength and although I’ve been doing some core work, it’s obviously not been enough (or consistent).
As much as I keep thinking that I’ve worked past this back injury in the past, deep down, I know that I haven’t. I need to make some very big changes in my body if I want to continue to be active for the long haul. I’m certain that I’ll be in running shape for the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K in November but being healthy long term is the overall goal. I’ll be 45 on my next birthday and I’m not quite ready to be put out to pasture in terms of my fitness activity level.
In the meantime, I’m going to try not to be bitter but it’s pretty likely this will be closer to the truth.
I’ll keep you up to date with my recovery progress but I’m open to core strengthening exercise recommendations so feel free to let me know your tips in the comments.
Also, if you’re interested in some cycling shoes (that may or may not be cursed, size 7, purchased for $50), let me know as well.
Oh friend, I’m so sorry your back is being lame again. I feel like I am STILL trying to recover from March. Aging is literally a pain some days!
Sucks. And wow does that last picture capture my feelings too 🙂
Oh Melissa! I’m so sorry that your back is acting up again! I know how frustrating these freaking injuries can be but I am bullheaded and will often proceed with the workout even though I should stop. I hope that this is just a minor setback and that you are feeling better soon!
Well that totally and completely sucks. I know that “twinge” of which you speak, and when I feel one, it makes me very nervous and I back off right away, just like you did. To answer your question, YES shoes can be blessed or cursed. I believe! I also think it’s hilarious that you’re trying to sell them!!
Keep icing and, I just read a good article with a few different ab moves. I’ll try to find it and send it your way.
I know you can relate. Getting old sucks. However, if I had your muscle tone I might be in better shape. Now, to find the motivation to get your muscle tone. Wish you lived closer and could get me more motivated on a daily basis! That elbow of yours is damned stubborn – it’s definitely yours.
Thanks for the support, Sol.
Here’s hoping that my own bullheadedness won’t set me back too long. PS – I’m stealing the Alison 50 Questions and linking back to both of you. You always know the best writing prompts, Christine.
Know any of your students who want a pair of shoes? Maybe it’s this coast that has them cursed? I should have known that you would also “grok” (understand on a deep level from the book “Stranger in a Strangeland) the cursed element of shoes. I sometimes think that maybe I’d be smarter if you were closer because we might just share a brain. Now, if we could share some genetics and motivation, I’d be set.
I think my recovery mantra should be “Channel Your Inner Allie”. I like it…unless it sounds too creepy? I hope it doesn’t.
It might be dangerous if we lived any closer!! Love the mantra, and not creepy at all. And, I could use a little “Inner Melissa” channeling myself 🙂
I teach this morning, so I’ll ask about the shoes! I’m sure it’s a West Coast curse…
OH, I am so sorry to hear this!! I know that twinge all too well and feel it all too frequently. (In fact, I’ve been getting PT instead of workouts from Gene for over a month, for neck/back pain and a bizarro bout of elbow/wrist tendinitis that appeared out of nowhere–yesterday was my first real workout in over six weeks. I felt amazing during and after. On your next NYC trip I’m bringing you in for a visit. 🙂
Let’s hope I won’t need a PT visit when I’m in NY but I would like to meet Gene!
Yuck. Is all I have to say. And I’m sorry. And I too, being short, know that the few pounds can lead to injury since it’s a lot for my body to handle! Core away – work up your strength, let your core take the impact that your back was taking instead, and hopefully you will be good to go. Can you do forward bends yoga style or is that too much for you with the pain? I would think it would be good to stretch out your vertabrae. I wold imagine that gentle back movement – versus deep movement would be helpful. Sending healing vibes your way! xo
I have been doing a little bit of yoga and it seems to be getting better. Less than a week and it’s feeling about 90% back to normal so that’s good but the core needs to be built up.
Thanks for the vibes, my friend and hope all is well on your end. xo