Why Twisted?

Chicago Monster Dash 1/2 Marathon, 2011

I’m Lindsay. I’m a runner. A twisted runner–I have scoliosis. My spine is curved (if you want to get technical, mine’s an S-curve. It curves to the right on top and then swoops back left further down). That’s not the focus of the blog–running is, but it is where the name of the blog came from, and I do want to put it out there for anyone interested in one runner’s experience with scoliosis. I don’t know that if affects my running, really, but I don’t think it makes it easier, either. Heh.

Yeah. That's my upper spine.

...and that's my lower spine. It's a hot mess!

I’m also a Christian, a wife, a mother, a Southerner, a weather geek, a part-time journalist, a music lover, a coffee drinker and a Duchess of Hazard. I know. Carry on.

21 thoughts on “Why Twisted?”

  1. Steve Wolfgang said:

    You look like your father….spinally….

  2. I’m so happy to have found you- I’m also a twisted runner. πŸ™‚ looking forward to reading!

  3. Hi Lindsay! I am also a runner and love running with all my heart. I also have scoliosis and have recently had a really bad back flare up 😦 I need some advice, Would it be possible for you email me with some questions I have?

  4. I don’t know why but I only just looked at this page, now I get it! And when did you become a dotcomster? Congrats:)

    • When I started to get more traffic, I figured I might become so INSANELY POPULAR that someone else might buy it and make me pay more than $18 for the name.

      • Yeah, good call! As I understand the internet pretty much every website eventually becomes insanely popular. What’s funny is that last I checked someone already bought localkitchener.com… so I guess if I ever go domainifying that won’t be the name!

      • just add ‘the’ to the beginning and you’re golden.

  5. I too have scoliosis, roto scoliosis to be exact.
    I started running 3 weeks ago, with the couch to 5k program. Up until recently I have felt great, unfortunately on Saturday hours after my run my knee started giving me shooting pains with every step. I’m thinking this is because of being twisted. I remember having these knee pains as a child… Which led me to lifts in my shoes (a 5 inch lift). When running I don’t use my lifts as they are hard and the impact gives me shin splints. Any suggestions?? Did you ever get knee pain??

    • Hey Trena,
      I did have knee pain and it generally improved with some rest and ice. Sometimes I still have knee pain and generally find it comes from something else–tight calves or hamstrings, for instance. I’ve found KT Tape to be helpful, as long as I’m also icing, foam rolling, and strengthening whatever needs to be strengthened. I’m not a doctor of course, but that is what has worked for me. I hope that helps, and that you are able to keep running!

  6. Hi Lindsay,
    I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Maybe you’ve already won one… but if not, enjoy spreading the blog lovin’! Say hi to the neighbourhood for us (I have to spell neighbor it the Canadian way now…).

    -Jon

  7. Hi there. I have the same thing with my back. I love running and have noticed that my ITB is only aggrevated on my left leg. It bugs me to lay-off running but I sometimes wonder if my back is the underlying issue? :-/ Anyways, I’m glad I came accross your blog, hope to read more of your insight and experience! πŸ™‚

  8. Hello. I have the “s” shape scoliosis. I love working out exspecially body pump classes. I recently decided that I want to train for a 1/2 marathon. My goal has hit a road block as I have pain in my left collar bone and my right knee hen I run. I can only guess that my back is causing these problems. Did/ do you have any join problems besides you bak that are similar? If you did how did you remedy the situation.

    • Ugh, I’m sorry Amanda. I’ve never had upper body pain… as for everything else, yes, I’ve had knee pain, especially when I started running, and I still do if I’ve let my calves, hamstrings, or glutes get weak. Sometimes even less core work can affect that.

      I’ve used a load of KT Tape to keep things in line while I strengthen whatever is weak. and done everything I can to improve my form as much as possible.
      Sometimes I will take a break from Pump, or lighten my leg loads if I’m trying to up my running. I’ll squat or lunge with no weight and sometimes leave class alltogether during those tracks. And definitely I’ve found that I need to do more core work than just the core track in BP.

      I’m no medical professional, but that’s been my experience. Hope it helps and that you are back on track soon! Ice that knee, too!

  9. I have a S curve and I run too. I’m using the Couch to 5k challenge and I’m on week 8. Almost done! Are you quiet when you run? I feel like people hear me before they see me, breathing wise and my feet hitting the tar surface. Do you have that problem?

    • Hi! Usually when your foot fall is heavy it’s a form issue. Of course, we twisted types won’t have the same form as anybody else, but you may want to look into that; beyond being self-conscious you may be putting more pressure than is necessary on your joints when you land.

      Breathing wise–don’t worry about it! You’re working hard, and your lungs are too! As your cardio system builds up I suspect this may be different but really, you’re out there and you’re running, and anyone else who is out there and running is probably in their own world. πŸ™‚

  10. Would like to get in touch with you (and other “twisted runners”) for an article on running with scoliosis. Please feel free to email scoliosisquarterly@gmail.com Thank you!

  11. Hey – just found your blog. Love the title and your sense of humor. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading more.

  12. Alice Lathrop said:

    What a blessing to find your blog. I too have scoliosis and just had a piriformas syndrome flare up caused by it. My chiro suggested I choose another physical activity. I said no way so began searching this subject.

    • Hey lady! I’m so sorry you are struggling! I hope things are getting better. I have a regular chiro and a sports chiro, one adjusts me and one helps me get stronger and does the mean painful things when I get tight and hurt. Best advice I have is to focus on strengthening, particularly your core and glutes. Foam roll like it’s your job. And don’t be afraid to run reeeeeally slow at times to make sure you are actually using the right muscles. Keep me posted!

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