Wild Midsummer and Low-Back Pain


Some pretty Midsummer flowers. Pelargonias, perhaps?

I have to clarify that MY midsummer hasn’t been very wild so far. The wildest thing that happened to me is that I wore my Hello Kitty nightie upside down AND forgot to wear my pedometer yesterday, which felt like I was going around blind and naked.

I’m so used to it hanging around my neck and knowing how many steps I take that it feels strange if I don’t wear if for some reason.

Other people’s midsummer’s were much more exciting than mine.

Youngsters in my neighborhood have apparently decided to test every fenced nursery playground near where I live – even though there are plenty of open playgrounds they could’ve used instead. I saw at least two separate groups of teens swinging in the swings and doing other stuff.

One teenage girl had even climbed on the roof of a low nursery building. An “adult male” from a nearby building was watching the thing through window and bellowing to the girl: “What an idiot! Get down from that roof immediately!

The girl came down rather quickly. Of course I never did anything as wild as I was the same age. I was a pathetic teenager! 🙂


Midsummer is a big celebration in Finland with lots of drinking and bonfires,  but instead of celebrating I’ve worked on a client project . I hoped to have the project finished before the Midsummer Eve but I wasn’t able to make it happen.  So I’ve spent my midsummer boringly sitting in the front of my computer.

I also spent some of my time moping about my boring and lonely life, which is a kind of Midsummer tradition for me. 🙂

Low back troubles

My body never lets me get away with anything. Ever.

I don’t usually suffer from low back pain these days but for some time I’ve had this nagging little ache in my low back. I didn’t pay it much attention until I had to – that was when I started having numbness creep down to my calves.

When I investigated, I found really painful trigger points in my gluteus minimus and piriformis muscles. The lowest vertebrae in my back are also moving as a one block which means I have a lot of muscle tension going in my low back right now.

I think that the low back problems are caused by the fact that I’ve added lots of jumps to my training program (they are part of my workout finishers and metabolic intervals) in the last several weeks, which is apparently too much for my weak butt muscles.  When your glutes are weak and inhibited and can’t do their job properly, you start using the muscles of the low back to do their job. That’s when you start suffering from low back pain.

I thought I had introduced jumps to my program gradually enough, but apparently I was wrong.

At age 45 I’m pretty used to the way my body functions but I still find it annoying at times. I’ve followed in awe and not a little envy how Biz has been able to do the Insanity workout for a couple of weeks already. I’d probably be able to do the first two or three workouts tops and then my body would keel over from overuse injuries. 🙁

But maybe some day I too will be able to do demanding workout like Insanity?


Were you a wild teenager? What was the wildest thing you did? I need to know. 🙂


  1. Linda says:

    I’m sorry you had to miss midsummer celebrations. That can suck. My boss’s daughter was in Finland on an exchange program and I remember hearing a bit about it last year. She is back in Canada now. Oh no, on the lower back pain! I get it but a different body part that reminds me what I do wrong. I guess that is a good thing in a way, but geez wouldn’t it be nice to just not worry about it? Yesterday reminded me that I needed to slow down a bit on my work-outs compared to what I did earlier in the week and paid for it. 🙁 I hope your back eases up some. In answer to your question on the wildest thing I did as a teenager – I told my mom I was just staying overnight at a friends house down the street but hoped on a train for six hours to Montreal, partied and then hopped on the train home. 🙂

    • Satu says:

      Hi Linda! I got over my bad mood rather quickly, I guess working helped me get distracted. I just hope the project ends soon! Thanks for sharing your wild (?) round-trip as a teenager. 🙂 And now I need to read your post because it says something about fur balls.. 🙂

  2. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Well, it could very likely be all of the sitting/computer work you are doing that is causing the lower back pain. Be sure to get up and take a 10 minute walk every few hours to give your back a break. As you suggest, the jumping could also be a problem. I don’t do any jumping exercises. I have wondered if they are in my back’s or joints’ best interest and have enough exercises to do anyhow, so I’ve never done much of them. So don’t feel bad if you decide to quit or do less of them.

    Quit moping! You’re adorable and fun. The only person stopping you from taking a break and having fun is–You! Life is what you make it–at least to some extent. So when you wake up, you should ask yourself, “What fun thing is going to happen today?” and then anticipate fun all day long. 😀

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion! I’m glad you called me both fun and adorable and used the word “at least” in the third sentence. Otherwise I might have gotten another grumpy-attack. 🙂 I actually got over my mopey feelings pretty fast – I had work to do and it was kind of boring..

      You’re right, there are probably several reasons for my low-back pain. It’s been great to feel how strong my leg muscles have become so I guess I got a bit too enthused about jumps…

  3. I didn’t know about the Midsummer thing…

    Sorry to hear about your back. I have a lot more aches and pains than I did as a youngster and it makes me feel older.

    Like you I was a good kid when I was young. In fact I was very good and I hated getting in trouble.

    • Satu says:

      HI Deb! I can’t ‘t help thinking it might’ve been better if we had both been a bit bad as teenagers….? 🙂

  4. Aimee says:

    I hope you’re feeling better Satu. Midsummer sounds fun. It stinks you had to miss it. Oh my I was a miserable, depressed teen always always worried about how I looked. I was so concerned with my overweight body, unsightly pimples, etc. that I didn’t enjoy my youth at all. Well I’m certainly making up for it now. I love life and trying new things. You are never too old to let loose and try something wild and crazy!!

    In answer to your question probably the wildest thing I did as a teen was smoke cigarettes…a nasty habit that lasted until I was 25.

    • Satu says:

      Hi Aimee! For some reason I’m happy I wasn’t the only angst-ridden and depressed teenager, even though I’m not happy that you were! 🙂 And I’m glad you make up for it now!

      Linda’s story is the best one so far. I wonder what Marion is hiding… 🙂

      • Linda says:

        LOL! I am sure Marion got into lots of trouble!! 😀

        • Linda says:

          But before I got myself into trouble – I hope Marion knows I am goading her on. Sometimes being a teenager / growing up is hard enough! xo

          • Marion says:

            OMG, you two have really been razzing me over here!!! I did NOT get into a lot of trouble as a teenager, but now wish that I had–at least a little more than none. (I bet you were wishing for a really terrifying story about me!!!) That is probably why I have quite a few skull t-shirts now, swear a bit too much, and why I say that teen daughter should wear tights with high jean shorts (and boy, I wish I would have worn that in high school). 😀 ~ Marion

  5. Linda says:

    Hi Marion – I hope you know we both mean you know harm! I apologize for taking the razzing too far – sometimes I get too silly for my own good!

    • Marion says:

      Oh yeah, I know you’re just teasing me. So funny! ~Marion

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