4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

16 Days to the Chicago Marathon

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16 days to the Chicago Marathon!  And in the wee hours of this morning, the other shoe dropped.  Severe back spasm in the night, and I’m down for the count.  I predicted this in my post just yesterday:

“Third, my back is very tight for some reason, which makes me nervous.  I’m concerned that I will do something to hurt it in the next 2 weeks.”

Ironically, I had a good session with my personal trainer yesterday, where we took it a bit easy and reviewed all the core stuff I should be working on to prevent just this type of injury!  I felt great after the workout, and the tightness I had been feeling the last few days seemed to be getting better.

I’m very familiar with the routine here.  I do this every1-2 years.  This time, I’m thankful:

  1. It happened at home, so I could be in bed right away, and not go out and suffer at work on injury-day-1 or have to travel home from somewhere, like I did the last time this happened at the end of the NYC Triathlon last year.
  2. It is mid back, sort of under the left shoulder, so no pain in neck/shoulder and no pain in lower back – I still have a good range of motion.
  3. I have no major races or events this weekend AND that it happened with 16 days to go to the marathon.  This typically takes 10 days to full recovery for me.

I should be OK for the marathon, although with lowered expectations.

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Written by SCL

September 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

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  1. Oh no Scott. I’m sorry.

    Hope your back heals up quickly!!!!


    September 24, 2010 at 9:02 am

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