This weekend we found ourselves dog-sitting once again. Our friends needed to take care of some family matters out-of-town and asked us to watch their bulldog for a few more days. Of course we agreed since we love our friends and their dog (probably the dog a bit more). Although, I think this dog is getting old because she farts unabashedly multiple times a day. It goes without saying that the windows are constantly open to let some fresh air in.
I wasn’t looking forward to running on a treadmill since it is the only option at their house. They live on a hill that should really be categorized as a mountain, amongst a series of mountains. For us, who run on a fairly flat path in the park, this is just a no-go.
We came on Thursday evening and the plan was to skip the running and use their elliptical machine. Well, the best laid plans… I pulled a muscle in my lower back Friday morning and spent the rest of the day barely able to sit down and stand up. Needless to say, running and even using the elliptical was totally out of the question. On Saturday and Sunday I felt better, but my back was still a little tender.
My husband has been dealing with some hip pain and had decided to take a break from all exercise during the whole duration of our stay, so this turned into the plan for both of us. While I’m a little disappointed, maybe a rest will do me good. I am just hoping that tonight I can run.
I’m a bit frustrated with the timing of this non-running injury. I have had chronic back problems for more than 10 years as a result of a car accident. A friend and I were sitting in the back of a taxi when it was rear-ended by a drunk driver going through a red-light. I managed to get better, after much physical therapy, and continued running a year later. But, when I quit running altogether a couple of years after that and started gaining weight my back problems got worse. Until we started running this year in March, I could easily pull a back muscle and be stuck in bed for a few days at the drop of a hat, multiple times a year.
Despite the fact that losing weight was one of the goals of running, one of my other hopes was that running would help strengthen my back muscles and that losing some jelly belly would save my back from undue work. This pulled muscle in my back doesn’t feel like the other times I’ve hurt it. I think I bent down awkwardly. It wasn’t just from everyday life as my other back injuries have been.
We will see how it goes the rest of the day, but I am quite cautious when it comes to my back. But, since we started running I haven’t had any back problems until this weekend. Maybe it is helping. The silver lining is that I can work on my tan by the pool without much guilt.
Has running helped any of your health issues?