Friday, March 23, 2012
I've dutifully abstained from running for the past 2 weeks. I've seen the chiropractor 3 times, with yesterday being my last visit. My back is in alignment. It's feeling much better - tho not yet 100%.
So, tomorrow I will attempt to run 1 mile.
If I can do it without aggravating my back, it will be a big step forward.
If I can't, it will be a huge set back that will throw all my plans into a tailspin.
So, I'm trying not to stress about it. Whatever happens will happen. But, it's so frustrating that just two weeks ago I was heading out for a 9 mile run and tomorrow I am going to see if I can handle just 1. Three weeks ago I ran 12 miles, and 29 total miles for the week.
The last two weeks I've run zero miles... and if I can run 1 mile tomorrow, Sunday I will see if I can run two. Baby steps.
I know I won't lose all of my training, but it still makes me so frustrated and nervous.
But, I've got to be smart and take it slowly. So, more back exercises and less running until I can build back up over the next week or two.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed. One mile at a time...
Thursday, March 15, 2012
My is still slowly improving . Yesterday, I spent most of my day at work alternating ice packs and a heating pad. Today, I say my chiro for a follow-up visit. I had been slowly improving and I definitely felt a lot better when I left. But, of course, then I had to sit in the car for a 25 minute drive to work and then sit down at my desk at work and my back regresses, somewhat.
But, I definitely feel better than yesterday, and even better than this morning before my appointment. I'm still hoping I will improve enough to run on Saturday even though I know that I really just need to sit it out and take next week off, too. That is still my plan, even though the other half of me is still dying to run. We'll just have to see which half wins out...
Of course, if I decide to run, that will mean that my friend's wife will probably need to sit out her race, so I will probably just bite the bullet and sit this one out.
Finally got a full night's sleep last night. I am feeling much more rested, today. I could use a couple more nights like this, but I'm grateful for last night because we (my wife and I) really needed it.
My friend and his family will arrive in town, tonight. Tomorrow we pick up our race packets and have a nice dinner, then Saturday is race day. I may end up as a sad excuse for a baby-sitter while they run - staring at the runners and wishing I was running. Maybe I can get a shirt that says, "my friends ran this race and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." Might be worth it if it's a tech running shirt...
At least I haven't gotten sick, again. Hurrah for silver linings! :)
Still counting down to my races in April.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Well, my back is recovering slowly. I was able to tie my shoes yesterday morning and this morning without having sit down to do it, so that's an improvement. But, if being able to tie my shoes is what counts as improvement, then I've got a long ways to go before I can even consider running again.
My friend called me this morning from the road as he and his family travel out here for the race this weekend and he asked about my back and my prognosis for this weekend. I said that the way things have progressed, unless some miracle recovery happens after my chiropractor appointment, tomorrow, I will definitely not be running.
In fact, I haven't run since Saturday and will most likely not be running at all for the rest of this week and next week, too. That will be two full weeks missed, at minimum. And since I'm training for a two-day endurance test, all this rest is not helping. I just have to remember to stop thinking that the rest will hurt my endurance and instead focus on the fact that this rest will help me recover and make the difference between racing and not even running at all in April.
But, I'm bummed that I will miss the race this weekend and waste my entry fee (the t-shirt and swag just aren't worth paying the entry fee). I really wanted that medal! I am contemplating walking the course, instead - just so I can get that finisher's medal - but that's a LONG walk... and at this point my back is not even healthy enough for that. And a finisher's medal is just not worth the all too likely possibility of re-injuring my back.
And as if my back problems weren't enough, my daughter is sick and has been barely able to sleep at all the past two nights - and that's after not sleeping well for the previous 3 weeks. Combine that with not being able to sleep well because my back pain, and I am deliriously tired. I just keep telling myself that everything will get better.
So, I am sitting here with a heating pad as I write this and will continue to alternate ice and heat and skip my workouts for as long as it takes. Missing goals really sucks. But, I'm doing the right thing in giving my body time to heal.
Oh, look, cookies!
Monday, March 12, 2012
So, I started writing this blog on Sunday afternoon to talk about how crazy my weekend had been... and then it got even crazier and I wasn't able to finish it. So, it's now Monday morning and I am going to attempt to have it done and posted by noon. We'll see if I make that deadline...
Well, looks like I didn't make that deadline. Now I just need to write it and get it posted...
It's been a crazy few days and now everything is all topsy-turvy.
My wife and my daughter have both been sick and I've finally got over my cold. My daughter got over her cough, but now has whatever my wife has. I'm hoping they get better soon and that they don't pass it on to me!
My parents came to visit for the weekend and it turned out to be a good thing since it seems everyone was either sick or injured, so they were able to see their granddaughter and also help out my wife and I at the same time.
With my parents visiting, I got up early and left the house for my scheduled 9 mile run on Saturday morning at 6am. My back had stiffened up on Friday for no real apparent reason. I had sat on the patio blowing bubbles with my daughter for 45 minutes and had also sat at the kitchen table (which is tall and has tall chairs) to use my laptop for a couple of hours while doing work, but neither of those were things I hadn't done before and I had never hurt my back doing either of them.
But, needless to say, on Saturday morning my back was still stiff, tho I felt that it didn't hurt that much, so I decided I was good for my run - or to at least start it and see how I felt. I knew it was possible that running could make my back tighter, but I hoped that maybe my run would loosen up my back.
After a mile and half, I had to stop at an intersection and wait for the light. When the light changed, I started off, again, but my back had tightened some and I cringed and had to speed up slowly and gently. That was a bad sign.
Over the next half mile I thought about the fact that I was heading away from our house and paralleling the highway (on the opposite side from my house) and that I was getting to the last street that crossed over the highway for a ways. If I passed it, the next street after it that had a bridge over the highway wasn't for another mile and a half. So, I either had to cut my run short right there and do only 6 miles, or commit myself to the full 9 miles (or a very long walk home, if I had to stop). I decided that with my back beginning to tighten up it would be best to cut my run down to 6 miles and cross and head towards home.
I had to stop to wait for the light to cross the highway, and when I started up again, my back was even tighter and was difficult to build up to a run again. I had to be extra slow gentle and grit my teeth as I started running again
I got about a mile up the street when I could tell that my back really tightening up and decided that I really needed to stop and walk.
At this point I had run a little over 3.5 miles and the shortest route back to my house was about 2 miles. The shortest route, tho, took me thru a construction area. I didn't want to get stuck in a construction area and not able to walk, just in case I needed someone to come pick me up, so I decided to keep walking even further up the street before turning and heading back towards my house. This turned out to be one of the better decisions I made that morning.
My back was really tight and I had to walk slowly, so walking two miles home was going to take a while - plus, I really had to pee. I don't know if it was wishful thinking, but I decided my back was loosening up a bit, so I decided to run, again.
Almost immediately, my back completely cramped up and I was in so much pain all across my lower back that I dropped to my knees and gingerly (but quickly) sat down against the wall in front of someone's front yard until the immediate back cramping and pain subsided. After a minute, I managed to use the wall to help slowly stand up again. I stood there and did a quick inventory of myself and the situation with my back cramped up and gingerly attempted to walk to test things out. I was able to walk a few steps at at time, stopping as the tightness and cramping across my lower back would increase and make me gasp and stop every few feet. This was so slow and painful that I quickly realized I was going to have to call the house to have someone come pick me up, otherwise I didn't know that I would have made it home, or at least would have taken a couple hours or maybe had to crawl home.
This was the first time in all my years of running (both in high school, and in the last 3 years of resumed running) that I ever had to call to have someone come pick me up.
My dad came and picked me up. I could barely get in or out of the car. When I got home I spent the morning alternating ice and heat, hoping in vain that my back would loosen up.
There were no chiropractors open on Saturday, so went to the local Massage Envy for a deep tissue massage at 12. The therapist wouldn't work too much on my lower back since I had just hurt it and as he said, it was still in the "acute" phase of injury. So, he worked on my legs and upper back and shoulders to try to loosen up the surrounding muscles and did little work on my lower back. It didn't help as much as I hoped, but it did help a little.
Sunday I was slightly better, but not much, and sleeping was an adventure. Turning over in the middle of the night was very slow, painful, and difficult.
This morning my back was ever so slightly better, but still a long way from healthy.
I made an appt with the chriropractor this morning. He said my back was really twisted up. I definitely walked out feeling better than when I walked in. However, once I got back to work and sitting at my desk, my back tightened up, so now I'm icing it, again.
I made another appt with the chiropractor for Thursday. If my back isn't better by this weekend, I will have to skip my race. There's no way I can run a half marathon with my back this messed up.
If I do have to miss my race, it would be the first race that I have missed due to any kind of injury.
But, if I have to skip it, I will, because it's not as important to me as my goal of running the two races in April.
On the positive side, it will probably get me out of having to race my friend. And, if I end up running and beat him, anyway it will be that much sweeter. :) And if not, then I've got a great excuse!
In any case, this race is probably going to be a "game time" decision, depending on how my back is this week and whether or not I catch whatever illness my wife and daughter have. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Doesn't seem like more than a week ago I was wearing a jacket, a long sleeve shirt, a running shirt, long pants, gloves, and a beanie for my early morning run.
Wait, it WAS last week. And it was 38 degrees.
Well, I woke up this morning and it was 58 degrees and windy. Today is supposed to be in the 70's with possible wind gusts up to 70mph!
Tomorrow's forecast calls for 38s degree for a low and a 30% chance of rain and a high of 57.
Just a couple days later, it should be back in the 70's and lows around 50.
Ahhh.... welcome back to spring time in the desert.
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