As if it weren’t enough that I have been dealing with knee and IT band problems with my right knee, I have now pulled out my back. Yesterday afternoon at work, I started to have bad pain in my lower back. I hoped it was nothing and would go away. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. I woke up this morning for my run and I was in horrible pain. My back was spasmodic and it was difficult to get out of bed. Needless to say, I didn’t end up getting out for my run. At this point, I was still planning on going to work and hoping that by popping a couple of ibuprofen would aid in my discomfort. By the time I showered and it was nearing the time that I would need to leave for work, my back was killing me. The ibuprofen had seemingly done nothing for me. Despite my not wanting to call out sick, I did just that. I then made an appointment to go see my doctor.
The doctor told me that I had pulled out my back, thus the painful muscle spasms I had been experiencing. No sitting or standing position was comfortable for me. She informed me that this was normal considering my injury. After a bit of discussion, we came to the conclusion that the injury was caused by my running. During my last 25 minute run, I had been concentrating on my form more than usual. I was intent upon ensuring that my feet and legs were maintaining proper running form. This more than likely caused me to move wrong or what have you, causing something in my back to get pulled.
So now, I am out of the running game. At least for a few days. This of course is disappointing to say the least. I really do enjoy my morning runs now. There really isn’t anything like the feeling I get from them. But, I am going to listen to everything my doctor told me to do in order to get better. With two 5k races upcoming this month, I definitely don’t want to push myself to the point that I can’t do them. I am especially looking forward to the Corp 5k on April 15th, it’s going to be quite the event I think. The other race I plan on doing is the Run for the Trees on the 24th, the day before my birthday. Mom is doing that one with me, and dad says he might as well. Be nice to have them there, even if they are walking the race.