About a week before the 5K race I started noticing a subtle ache in my lower back. It’s been there on and off in the past, mostly related to the pregnancies but this time it wasn’t going away. I felt great during the race and after but in the week that followed the ache turned into something more. Then I chalked it up to the monthly cycle low back pain but it didn’t go away when the monthly cycle left. It started wrapping around to the front, near my hip bone.
I thought I had been doing so well. Apparently not.
I saw a massage therapist who suggested I see a chiropractor. I had been thinking about getting into some ART therapy. I had heard about this from the FB running group I follow and heard it was pretty good for soft tissue injuries. Now, the last time I saw a chiropractor was probably close to 20 years ago and it involved a lot of back and neck cracking. I wasn’t too keen on going down that route.
I was pleasantly surprised by my experience with this new chiropractor. He assessed me quickly as having very tight hips which were due to weak glutes. Pretty much exactly as I had suspected and he went on to do some active release therapy on my hips. I have incredibly tight hip flexors.
And this pretty much sums my situation up.
After 15 minutes of active release therapy, all I can say is “owie” and “wow”. At the end of the session my lower back and hips, while still aching, felt 100% looser than when I went in. Sadly that didn’t last but I have been working hard all week on stretching and opening up the hip joints. I have a lot of work to do. I am going to scale back on the distance and stick with no more than 5 km runs for a few weeks until this settles down.