I wish I could just pretend that the start of last week never happened.
The issue was low back pain. Not so much like I had pulled something, but more like all my muscles had been compressed and they felt so incredibly tight that I struggled to stand completely upright. I was doing gentle yoga whenever I could trying to stretch everything back out, but to no avail. I couldn’t even get into child’s pose.
Then I spent some time hanging upside down and that ended up being the turning point for the week.
Week 15 Grade: Should have been an F. I’m giving myself an A for effort.
Monday, March 30: With the shoulder issues I had been having, strength training had gone completely out the window for a bit. Monday I went to MEGABarre and it was a relief to get some movement back into my arms.
Tuesday, March 31:
5 miles. My low back was killing me and I was not going to push myself unnecessarily. I opted for 30 minutes on the elliptical at the gym instead.
Wednesday, April 1:
5 miles pace. Still not pushing it. 35 minutes elliptical trainer and then I decided to attempt a short treadmill run. I was so busy trying to hold my body in such a way that my back wouldn’t hurt that running felt really foreign to me. I gave it up after a mile.
That night I went to aerial yoga class and as I mentioned on Friday this would be the best decision I ever could have made. Inverting myself with the support of the aerial fabric helped open up all the muscles in my lower back. I could actually feel it happening and it was such a huge relief.
Thursday, April 2:
5 miles. Rest day. I had a half day of work on Friday where I could go to the gym in the afternoon for as long as I wanted (or until 5pm when I would need to go pick up Betty) so I switched it up to give my low back an extra day of recovery following that awesome yoga class.
Friday, April 3: I didn’t know if I was going to run or not when I got to the gym, but I was feeling pretty good so I figured I’d give it a shot. I got in 5 miles @ 8:09 (!!!), stretched for about 20 minutes and then hopped in the whirlpool for awhile. Such a huge confidence boost!
Saturday, April 4: I was scared of what Saturday morning would bring after that run, but I rolled pretty easily out of bed and went to spin followed up by a yoga class which, although I was making loads of adjustments, I made it all the way through this time! I actually touched the floor with my legs straight in a forward bend. Doesn’t sound like much, but that is how little I was able to move over the past couple weeks.
Sunday, April 5: Go long. This run was weird for me. The schedule said 20 miles and I had absolutely no intention of doing that many. With no distance agenda and no time in mind besides GO SLOW and walk a lot if I needed to, I felt no pressure at all.
The first 13 miles were actually pretty easy. After that I started walking a lot. I could have pushed so much harder than I did, but I didn’t want to hurt myself and it was just so nice being outside (in shorts!). When I got into mile 16 and 17 I thought about calling Mr. Salt to get me because I was just not mentally into it, but then I got to 18 and realized that my legs still felt decent and I might as well finish the whole thing. So I did. My second 20 miler of this training cycle and now my taper begins.
I am SO happy to be tapering.
Week 15 Mileage: 26.
I had some pretty high hopes when this training cycle started and things were going really well aside from being stuck inside on the treadmill a lot more than I would have liked. And then…I kind of crashed and burned. I guess that’s life though and going into the last couple weeks of this at least I can say that I have been trying my best and I hope that the preparations I’ve made will get me to the finish line in New Jersey.
Thank you so much for all the support and kindness! I’m not done yet! Oh and extra special thanks to Cynthia, Sue, and Suz for the inversion table suggestions. I think I have Mr. Salt on board and hopefully I’ll have one in my house soon enough. 🙂
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter if that’s your thing! We celebrated with family yesterday and it was so much fun.