Yesterday afternoon, I noticed my lower back hurting. I have never had lower back problems so I wasnt sure what to make of it. It hurt to touch, hurt to walk, to lay. Everything. I ran through it yesterday and woke up to it hurting again. “Can’t I catch a break?” I thought, in reference to the last klutzy injury I had. I did my first hour running and was almost debilitated when I got home. I tried the foam roller, hoping my whole back was tight. No luck.
Then I thought…could it be my shoes? This was a long shot.
I had heard other people say that back pain was how they knew they needed new shoes, but that had never been the case with me. My telltale sign is pain in my little bow-legged knees!! It couldnt hurt though–so I switched shoes for my second run. While on the treadmill, it hit me.
Please remember, in addition to being an all-around awesome person, I am also a massage therapist. That means I took a lot of anatomy classes. I can most likely tell you exactly what muscle is causing you pain, and why. Apparently that only works on other people though, not self-diagnosis.
You see, every since I dropped that bottle on my ankle, I had been compensating when running, and I could feel it in my right hip. Specifically, where my quad attaches. I felt it and had been rolling it. Guess which side of my lower back hurts? YEP! I feel victorious now that I know I 1) Didn’t randomly herniate a disk in my sleep 2) Am not actually injured!
To celebrate, I made beef stew for dinner, and it was amazing.
Anticipating a week getting back into the swing of things, runningwise. I have 47 miles on tap, and I am looking forward to every single one.
And to hopefully making a trip to Nordstrom to try on some Tom’s shoes–the only thing I requested for my birthday! I love the idea–you buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need. And, to make it better, I actually like the shoes!
Oh, PW just got home from running a TT in New Hampshire–I’ve hardly seen him this weekend, so I am going to spend some quality time with him!