Tuesday, 10.21 – 5 miles: I hurt my back!!!

I’m lying on the floor, flat on my back, with one pillow under my head to give me an angle so I can see to type. How did I end up here? Well, I always seem to injury my lower back at least once a month. Last month, I moved the lawn mower in an unusual way and it caused me to have a pain in my back or what I like to refer to as a “crick in my back”. The crick in my back has never been extreme and it has never kept me from work or doing my normal day to day routines. That is until now. Tuesday morning I decided to include a new routine to my workout. It’s called the Good Morning exercise and it strengthens the lower back. (See link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4H2EZC1UCY).

During my second rep I felt what can only be described as an explosion going off in my lower back. The pain spread to every point in my body. I was barely able to get the 60 lbs curl bar off my shoulder. I was completely helpless but I didn’t want to cause a scene. So I walked awkwardly out of the gym. Then, what usually takes me 20 minutes to shower, shave and dress, took me more than 45 minutes and I didn’t even shave. By the time I got to work, I could feel that I was getting really stiff and my upper legs started tingling. Since I was able to set up an appointment with our PCP at 4:00pm, it was decided that it would be best for me to go home. Once I got home, the only thing I could do was lay flat on the floor (where I’m at now) and wait for Laura to get home.

Once I arrived at the doctor’s office, I took several painful x-rays and then our doctor saw me. He is a DO and not a MD, and is pretty amazing – especially when it comes to back injuries. He told me that I dislocated my sacroiliac which is where the tailbone meets the hip. He was able to pop it back in place by doing this leg maneuver. The popping noise was loud enough that our nurse heard it outside our room with the door shut. It gave some immediate relief but now I’m on codeine and muscle relaxers for at least another day – sorry if this blog doesn’t make any sense. I asked the doctor if I would be able to run and his simple reply was, “if it hurts, don’t do it.”

Tuesday’s run for Laura was great! Laura is really amazing when it comes to taking care of me. She took me to the doctor, got my prescription filled, ran five miles, cooked dinner and took two quizzes for her class. I’m so impressed with her! Plus, I got to return the favor and follow her in our car.

Sunday, 10.19 - 18 miles: Busy Week

Eighteen miles is a milestone for us! We’ve been told all along that if you can run 18 miles you can finish a marathon. Training for a marathon or any endurance sport is challenging in itself. Adding day-to-day obligations and commitments only increases the challenge. Laura and I have been really discipline in sticking to our running log. However, we’ve had to adjust our life's schedules at times to accommodate our running schedule. It becomes a little tricky but so far we’ve managed.

Tuesday, five mile run was nothing special except that we were both really tired. Thursday’s and Friday’s run were great examples of mixing a running schedule with other commitments. Thursday, we had to run errands after I got off work and we didn’t get home until after 9:00pm. We then managed to finish eight miles by 11:00pm. We attended a wedding on Friday night, which meant we would not be able to run after work. Thus, we woke up at 4:45am and ran our five miles before work. Usually, once we get going at this god awful hour, we gain our energy about a mile into the run. Not this time. I’ve never felt so damn tired in my life and I’m the lucky one. I got to go back to bed for a couple of hours. Laura had to leave in order to be at work by 6:00am. However, we pulled it off and the wedding was a REAL treat. I have such a beautiful bride who truly glows on the dance floor!