Do you have a talent? I haz talent. I have the unique ability to make my back hurt. It comes from bad posture. Besides not getting ANY exercise sitting in an office chair all day, I have learned if you sit wrong, you can hurt your back.
Yea, I know. Don't do that...
By the time I realized that my body was sending me signals, it was too late. The swim in the pool that night was fine, but my bed has a way of aggravating it, and the chair I work in from home? Not so good either.
I spent all day worrying about. Cooked dinner early. Feed the boyz and sent Dee Dee off to work with dinner in tow. Procrastinated a bit and finally got out the door at 6:30-ish PM for my run. I know it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but I have a reputation for being bullheaded, and besides. I have never allowed myself to be "injured", and I'm not going to eff it up now by not listening to my body.
Well, said body started complaining the minute I started running. At first, it was a sharp little pain in my lower left back. I immediately decided on a run one minute walk one minute strategy. Ignoring pace seemed like a good idea too.
After run/walking the first three-quarters of a mile or so, I reached the long downhill that takes me to the bottom of my neighborhood. My back had loosened up a bit, and I was able to switch to a run three minutes walk one minute routine. During this time, I learned that if I landed with a jarring impact on my left foot, I was rewarded with a sharp pain and an involuntary buckling of the left knee. It was especially obvious going downhill, which caused me to land more on my heel.
I realized that I was getting a lesson in vertical displacement...
By concentrating on my form, running smooth, no bounce, landing on my mid-foot rather than my heel, I was able to make it out to the three mile marker. I could either turn around here or go for the full 8.4 mile loop. The heating pad on my back had kicked in, due to the sweat no doubt, and I certainly didn't feel any worse. The endorphins must have been helping as well. I decided to complete the full loop.
Usually, I run the loop in about an hour and twenty minutes. This day, it took me an hour and thirty eight minutes. By the end, it FELT like a half Ironman run, which was a good thing I guess.
At the end of the day, I had to carefully weigh the risk of running with the reward of the workout, and I'm glad that I did. It was totally worth it. Today, my back is actually feeling a little better, and I am none the worse for the wear.
On my way to school this morning, my heart broke when I saw a little boxer turtle crossing busy Bells Ferry Road. I know. They are a dime a dozen in these parts, but the little guy was taking a major risk. I pondered going back to get him, but I realized that by the time I dropped Matthew off at school, he would either be dead or safely across the road.
I hope the risk was worth the reward...
Have a great weekend, y'all....