We had an amazingly busy weekend this past weekend.
We went to the NCAA regional here in STL on Friday and Sunday and I had Grad School all day Friday and Saturday. With all that I did manage to get in two good runs but that’s where it all went wrong.
My first run on Friday was short and easy. 3 miles just to get the heart pumping. Not a big deal. I felt great afterwards.
On Sunday, I went for a 7 mile run as part of my training for the GO! St. Louis half next month. The first few miles again were great. Then at about the 5 mile I could start to feel it..these pricking pains in my lower back (right side to be specific) and I started to get really mad.
Back story…when I was in college I played volleyball and was a setter (imagine that, at 5’4 a setter? You were probably thinking a middle right?). As a setter, I found myself twisting and turning to account for bad passes or to make sure the ball went where I needed it go. All this resulted in bulging discs. In college I had constant therapy for it and it was manageable. As I’ve gotten older, it has really started to wreck my body.
A few years back when I decided I wanted to do a full marathon, my back flared up again big time but being the obsessive that I am, I wasn’t about to let it get in the way of completing (what I thought was my first) a marathon. So I trained and finished it but painfully. So much in fact, I had to spend the entire next year in physical therapy and I haven’t been 100% since.