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Running with SPD like pain

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Runwayqueen Tue 20-Sep-16 22:36:17

I've only been running since May, slowly building up my miles for a half marathon that I'm taking part in next month. I'm now sitting just under 9miles. I try to run 2-3 times a week.

Prior to running I had the occasional period that was accompanied by SPD like pain. My GP suggested that it probably was and that I could self refer to the physio if I wanted to. I stupidly didn't. I had SPD when I was pregnant 6yrs ago.

The last month/6weeks has been constant and I'm now waiting for an appointment but I'm really concerned with just over 3 weeks till the half that I'm not training yet the pain is at it's strongest. I've only done 2 miles this week with my last long run being 10 days ago.

Realistically is this game over for my half? Can anyone offer advice for this? I'm taking ibuprofen but I have sphincter of the oddi so can't tolerate too much medicine, I've also be icing it and trying to be mindful of how I'm sat.


MrsMook Wed 21-Sep-16 22:50:13

I started running when I finally stopped limping from SPD when DS2 was about 6m. I was already seeing an osteopath from 3m when I was fed up that it wasn't shifting and that I still couldn't lift my leg to walk uphill.

The osteopath helped by physically mobilising my joints and easing muscle tension, and physio type specific exercises to strengthen my weaknesses.

I cross train with strength work which has helped reduce the impact from solely running, and build and keep balanced strength. I can remember having shooting pains when gardening when DS1 was about 18m. Since building up the running/ strength and seeing the osteopath, I've had very little bother from my pelvis, even though the postnatal recovery was much slower second time round.

I did my first HM one year after my first c25k run, and my pelvis was fine on race day, but moaned for a few days after. Last year doing my second one was fine.

For your HM, how far have you gone so far, and do you cross train? Is a private clinic an option? If you've already got close to your peak long runs, it might be worth easing off the running and doing run/ walk to reduce the impact, and cross train for example swimming (not breaststroke which aggravates the instability in the pelvis). For race day, a run/walk approach might be a good backup plan to maximise you chances of completing.

I've definitely had less issues as I've got stronger with time.

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