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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I have to admit I am as stubborn as an ox. Or a mule. And I mean no offense to either! I have always felt that stubbornness can be a good quality, after all it seems an awful lot like persistence, right? And that is a good one.

But this morning as I stretch my aching painful low back and neck, I am starting to wonder if I am on the right track. I have been aiming to train for a half marathon. I love to do triathlons, and the running is my weakness. Therefore I decided to really work on increasing distance and getting comfortable with my run. I continue and mostly run in this winter time, the single exercise is really taking its toll on my back. I have a degenerative disk in the low back, and arthritis in the neck and probably the rest of my spine. So pain in the back is becoming a big part of my existence.

Perhaps this is not the best course of action for me. I am 51 and healthy otherwise, so feel I should be able to do this. But my body is sending me a message for sure. I just want to make sure I read it right. So this week I ran only 1 day, and on a soft track at that. Walking has replaced running this week. And I am still very tender and sore.

Should I switch back to swimming? Biking does not appeal to me with the soreness in my neck. I am a bit discouraged but I am not out of the running for the half or for triathlons. I am regrouping, now is really a great time of the year to do this. Yoga class does appeal. hmmm.

Here's hoping I do the right thing and take care of this body.
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    I'm not a runner, but I can relate to pain, that's for sure. You might want to peek at CAROLYN1213'S many blogs. I know she has written about running and the use of yoga to relieve pain. Check her out.
    3682 days ago
    I don't know how much help I can be as I have no experience with degenerative disks. Have you seen a sports physician? Is that an option for you? Even if your back pain is not related to a sports injury a sports Dr may be able to answer your questions and understand the need to excercise more than a regular Dr and might be able to give you advice on how to strengthen your core/

    Maybe because I'm a bit partial to running, but I'd like to think that running is not out of the question for you. But it sounds like you need to give yourself a chance to heal and start back slowly. Hang in there!!
    3688 days ago
    Getting older really sucks...

    I have very similar issues: degenerative disks in my lower back and upper neck, arthritis in my SI joint. After a bout with severe hip pain I was afraid I'd never be able to exercise vigorously again. Luckily I had a great PT and, after many weeks of gentle stretching and strengthening, I'm a lot better. But I've come to the realization that soreness will always be present. So I do modifications if needed, but otherwise just go about trying to be in the best shape I can!

    I still entertain dreams of doing a sprint triathlon, but right now I'm just concentrating on getting strong again. We'll see where I am in a month or so. I know with my arthritis I will never attempt running a half, but the 5K is doable. I just think as we get older, as you said, we need to really listen to our bodies more.

    And yoga DOES sound wonderful right now!
    3688 days ago
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