I know I’m a total idiot, and I’m pretty sure you know, too, so it will come as no surprise that I never went to a doctor about the demon back injury.
But after I tweaked the ol’ back moving a heavy box last weekend, I knew I had to do something. Apparently, this injury isn’t going quietly, so it was time to take the proverbial bull by the horns and do something a little more proactive.
Enter: the physical medicine doctor. I’ve never heard of such a doc before, but apparently he does things like adjust your body when it’s out of whack and stick needles into various parts of your body to relieve pain or stress or whatever. I wasn’t down for the acupuncture piece, but the adjustments, I could handle.
Essentially, he looked at my walk, felt for tension in my neck (an indicator of something being off in the lower back), and checked the alignment of my hips. The hips were, unsurprisingly, horribly out of whack. My left hip was rotated forward and my right rotated back. No wonder my back has been killing me!
A few tweaks and a prescription to do 2 simple stretches later, I was out the door, good as new! OK, maybe not good as new, but extremely improved. So improved, in fact, that I was able to make up for the long run I missed last weekend first thing this morning!
Yep, my crazy ass did 10 miles this morning. Just cuz. And it was glorious. Now that the sun is rising earlier, I feel a little safer running at 6 AM, and today’s run was perfection. My back was a little tight, but not sore, and I did my stretches a couple of times along the way.
My Garmin died in the last mile, so I have no stats for you, but I do know I finished in right around an hour and 20ish minutes. Too fast? Probably. Whatevs. What’s done is done. I’m not sore or exhausted, so I’d call it a success.
I still really want to run a marathon before NYC in November, but with moving and all that, I don’t know if it’s in the cards. Marathoners–what are your thoughts on this? Will it be a disaster to run my first marathon in NYC? I’m strangely not all that worried about it, but I’d like a more realistic perspective.