Hurts So Good

Over the past week, I’ve been dealing with some serious low back tightness.  I’m pretty sure it was from Saturday’s ten mile bike ride (thank goodness I’m getting my bike adjusted today).   I could tell that it was muscular, but no matter what I did, it kept seizing back up.  It felt good while I was active but once I stopped and sat down, it would tighten back up.

So I asked the internet what I could do.  And I came upon some great foam roller techniques.

I especially like this video.  I have a foam roller and I love it, but I have to admit, I use it mostly on my legs.  I never bothered to learn how to use it on my back.  And oh man, does it feel good.  The shoulder part is definitely a bit of an ab workout as well. It’s amazing how easy it is to find a spot I didn’t know was tender.  And it feels so great to work out that soreness.

Based on things my massage therapist has said and on how my body is reacting to the stretching, the back pain seems to be caused by hip and glute tightness.  What does that mean?  More stretching! I have to admit it – I’m a terrible post-run stretcher.  I don’t know why – I just don’t do it.

I keep meaning to take up yoga.  I even own a Yoga for Runners DVD that a friend recommended.  I think it might still be in the original plastic.  Whoops.

Baby steps, I suppose.  I know it’s good for me, so I should do it.  Maybe over the weekend, I’ll finally take the plastic off of that video.