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Injury warning. Beware of Sofas.


This morning I was kidnapped by my bed and held hostage by my duvet for several hours which resulted in me having very little time for my run before we went out to the theatre this afternoon, so my plan for 6 miles became a quick nip out for 3 miles.  Although I definitely wasn’t nipping anywhere nor quick.

The reason I was so sluggish is because I’ve picked up an injury. Absolutely nothing to do with my ankles, feet, calves, quads, hips or glutes.  No this is not a running injury but a sofa injury incurred when stretching to pick up the tv remote control.  So if people offer advice about the perils of exercise and running when I mention I’m training for a marathon I will tell them that sitting on the sofa is equally hazardous.

I think I’ve over stretched, strained or pulled something on my left side, just on or below my ribs, when reaching down to grab the remote from the floor.  I felt it at the time but it wasn’t bad and I was OK on Tuesday even when running but quite uncomfortable today.  Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious and only bad today because I slept on it badly. My legs are all fine and raring to start marathon training next week!

Janathon day 3.  3.22 miles.

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

18 thoughts on “Injury warning. Beware of Sofas.

  1. Fingers crossed Rachel. What marathon are you doing ?

  2. Easily done – I hurt my back watching the Olympics this summer. Heal soon!

  3. Are you on the 5k to coach programme,by any chance?!

  4. Haha as is getting a tshirt out of a drawer!!!!! It’s taken over a week for my back to feel anywhere normal!

  5. Really easy to do- I managed to really hurt my neck by sitting in the wrong position on a sofa! Hope you get better soon

  6. That’s two of us knackered by sofas. And yet they’re so lovely and comfy.

  7. ouch, take it easy xx

  8. Hope it’s not too serious and you can carry on with your brilliant mileage.

  9. Lol. I love that you can survive marathons and BMF but be lain low by the remote. Dangerous stuff, sofa surfing.

  10. Sorry to hear that pulled/strained your side. Hoping for your speedy recovery!

  11. That is definitely one for the anti exercise groups.

  12. You seem to have an unhealthy relationship with soft furnishings 😉

  13. So easy to do! Heal fast!

  14. Oof! Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Hm, stretching tears? Best add more upper body yoga to your cross training? Hope it heals quickly, ouch! 🙂

  16. Ouch – hope it clears up quickly x

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