Friday, August 8, 2014

Running and a Pain In The Back

Running has been going well. I've also been keeping up with the weight training which I'm really enjoying. I can't believe I'm saying that. Ahh... how one's life can change.

I haven't run since last weekend though because I threw my back out or hurt it or I really don't know what but it hurt. A LOT. I've been through a lot of back issues over the years starting when I was 14 and on and off until my last back surgery in 2003. Since 2003 I've only had a few short-term pains but this past weekend was definitely a reminder of that. I was very worried that it was going to be a long-term issue but it seems to be a lot better today. I'm not really sure what triggered it. I may have overdone it at the gym but all I did was slightly bend at my kitchen sink and I felt the infamous zing up my back.

I've been taking care of the pain by walking and using a heating pad. I have a desk job so I was good about getting up and stretching a lot to avoid it getting stiff. One of the interesting parts of this (if there really are any) is that as soon as the pain hit on Monday morning, I started panicking like it was 11 years ago. It was almost like no time had gone by. But one of the main reasons I had the back issues 11 years ago was my weight and this time around I'm much smaller. I have to think that contributed to my getting better much quicker. But boy, I learned this week just how much running has become a part of my life because I really miss it and it hasn't been that long. Of course I also noticed every runner out there this past week which usually I'd notice some but not too many.

So, my back is getting better and I can't wait to run again. I got another pair of my favorite running shoes, Brooks Adrenaline so I can go back and forth between my two pairs to keep them from wearing out too quick. And let's be honest, I can't not get more running shoes!

Another good thing is that after a month of the scale not moving and my clothes not feeling any looser, I'm finally losing weight. I had to lower my daily calories a little bit and that seems to make the difference. I think that especially as I'm trying to lose weight, the whole calorie thing will have to be adjusted and readjusted on a regular basis and I would imagine that once I get to my goal weight, it will be the same situation but for now, I'm just happy the number on the scale are getting smaller. I feel better already and I've only lost 4 lbs. Those 4 lbs were hard earned though!