Monday, January 25, 2010

Treadmills and Back Issues

Does anyone else have problems with lower back pain when they do their long run on the treadmill?
I did 7 miles on the treadmill. My lower back was sore, so I tried doing some stretches. The next day I had picked my 18 month old up and put him on the changing table. When I bent over to change his diaper, my back completely gave out.
So, for now, I am resting, icing, stretching, taking Aleve, dreaming about running, and wondering if any of you other running moms have ever had a similar problem.


Twincerely,Olga said...

HI! I run on the treadmill alot but haven't had thi sproblem so far! I hope you feel better soon!!

amydear said...

A Runner's World magazine in the last year had some back and core exercises that Lolo Jones recommended. I started doing some of them and am really happy with the results. Maybe you just need to strengthen that area? Do you notice anything different about your gait while on the treadmill? That might be a clue too. Hope you feel better!

varunner said...

Did you lock in at one pace for the 7 miles? Because that could've put a strain on the muscles that wouldn't normally be there in your natural running, where your pace would ebb and flow. If so, you might try changing the pace on the treadmill from mile to mile (or even more frequently) to simulate a real run more.

candlerun (htabby) said...

Sorry no help here but above has some good ideas...

Back pain is NO fun. Hope things are better soon!

Anonymous said...

Many times, running on a treadmill will cause one to change their stride because of the feeling of being too close to the edge or the front or back.

Another thing is similar to what varunner said. When you run on the road, you speed up and slow down and move around. The incline of the road will change. So, you may need to do some changing of speed and incline on the treadmill.

Hope you feel better soon!

Jamie said...

Thanks, everyone! My back is definitely starting to feel better after 1 1/2 weeks rest. I did the elliptical today with no problem.
When I do start running on the treadmill, I'm going to try to mix it up a little bit.
I'm going to go look for those back and core exercises right now!
Thanks again!

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Anonymous said...

I have back probs in general, so post run I always stretch using the baby yoga pose. Lie on your back, grab your toes, pull your knees to your chest, and rock back and forth. It really stretches me out. And feels good enough to do for hours.

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