Recovery work

I slept like a rock last night, but once I woke up and started to move around this morning my back pain was pretty intense. I was not a happy camper, but I soldiered on and managed to get to work.

Today’s gym session was focused on rehab. After 15 minutes’ easy elliptical warmup, I grabbed a yoga mat and a foam roller and got to work on Angry QL and all its friends.

I thought about trying to draw a diagram of where I hurt, but I don’t draw very well. The pain on the backside goes from my midback through my glutes and deeper down to the top of my thigh, and wraps around through my obliques, psoas and quad on the front side.

That’s a lot to think about, and only so much I could try to foam roll. I spent plenty of time working on my glute/side area, which is usually a tender spot anyway. After that, I tried some good stretches for my lower back/hips/buns/etc, and then tied it together with a little yoga. Hopefully the good stretchy feelings last.

And some meta, because it’s been on my mind: I usually get a number of drive-by likers/commenters on posts on certain topics. WordPress is a weird platform that encourages that and they’re not really any measure of the impact of a post. (Running, food and travel guarantee random likes.) I’ve always wondered why there are 3-5 of the same blogs that click "like" on all my posts about running (with no other interaction). For my lifting posts, though, this doesn’t happen. Deep down, I suspect that’s because some people feel like a fat lady running is something that needs encouragement (cause you gotta run and get skinny damnit) while a fat lady lifting rather heavy objects doesn’t engender the same feelings of support (what, are you trying to get bigger or something? cut it out weirdo).

But all this is kind of moot anyway because I haven’t been engaging much with my blog lately, just writing up my workouts and moving on…

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2 Responses to Recovery work

  1. Gingerzingi says:

    I’ve never gotten into the habit of Liking blog posts. In general I don’t support the liking of things, because it’s so meaningless. Given that blog entries are detailed, thoughtful writing (compared to Twitter or FB) it seems appropriate to respond with more than an automatic like.

    • G says:

      That’s fair! Sometimes I like when I read a post and I appreciate it but I don’t have anything to comment, as a way to say “I saw this and it is good.”

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