Bound for the Floor (Strengthening Those Glutes)

crossfit, running

On Tuesday morning I went for a four mile run. I felt fine. It was nothing difficult, just a quick jog before we went to work on campus. I felt stiff for the first mile, a common occurrence lately. I loosened up, finished the run, no problems. I did some legs up the wall after the shower. All was fine.

As I was walking to campus I felt it: a back spasm in my left side. My lower back began to dully ache. I kept walking, but every few steps my back would spasm again. It was like a jolt through my lower back and butt. Walking began to hurt. I thought it would go away. It proceeded to get more and more painful, because you know, I just sit around all day working on my dissertation. You know your back and hips love sitting.

So, yesterday I went to see a chiropractor. I haven’t seen one in years. I also have not seen my massage therapist since June. I’m also guilty of starting to neglect the little mobility things I’ve been doing to keep things moving nice and easy. He told me what I already knew. My left hip is tight. My left glute is not firing. My right leg is behaving nicely, but it is always that left leg that I have problems with.

After some stretching and some bone cracking, I was out the door. I was still sore, but my back was no longer spasming. I could not walk to the chiropractor from my house, but I could walk back.

I’ll be bound for the floor with hip bridges, single-leg bridges, side-bridges, and clamshells trying to get my glutes to fire. Thankfully, thankfully, my doctor told me that time off was not going to help fix my back pain. Instead I really needed to make sure my glutes are turned on before I did anything like running and lifting especially because I do a lot of lifting. I was so scared I was going to told to take time off. I like this plan better.

I went to CrossFit yesterday and I adapted some things. I did not squats, but mainly practiced sitting on a box and getting back up again to fire things up. That said, I did plenty of burpees to bar. I think that’s enough, right?

Today my back is still sore, but I can tell things are improving. I plan on hitting the floor before I hit the pavement this afternoon for a run. Here’s to hoping for the best!

xo, Ali

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