Back to Running

After more than a week off running because of my back, I finally had 2 days last week, Thursday and Friday, without any back pain. Like most runners I couldn’t wait any longer to go for a run. I can’t take the runners’ depression from not being able to run that weighs me down. It is a horrible feeling wanting to run and not being able to do it.

If my back looked like this I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have back pain; photo courtesy of pixabay
If my back looked like this I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have back pain; photo courtesy of pixabay

Without pain my Hubs and I went running on Friday evening. Of course, the weather was awful – humid and hot. In fact the humidity was the highest it’s been all Summer that day. But, that didn’t stop me. I wanted to run. I needed to run.

My last few runs before the on-set of back pain were so good. I was finally getting into a rhythm. I was finally approaching that beautiful place called “the zone,” somewhere I hadn’t been to before since starting to run in March.

Before hitting the pavement I told myself not to worry about how long, how fast, or how far I would be able to run. Just be grateful to do it at all.

The first interval of 16 minutes I got tired by the 10th minute, but kept chugging along. I could feel the muscles in my back, but no pain. I wasn’t going so fast and yet I was happy. During the last half of the second interval I really slowed down to a jog (maybe even a fast walking speed). It was like I could feel each vertebrae moving in my back. During our three-minute walk I felt the fatigue in my back muscles and I felt like I couldn’t or rather shouldn’t go on.

photo courtesy of pixabay
photo courtesy of pixabay

I was sad to tell my hubby, who was running quite well but had slowed down to make sure I was okay during this first run back, that I needed to stop. He of course understood and ran on to complete the third interval. At least he wasn’t going too fast and managed to run the whole time. Something he couldn’t do without me running by his side last week.

My back muscles seized a little as I walked and then rested on a park bench while he ran. The walk home was long and arduous. But, while I was physically suffering a little I was mentally relieved to have run. I laid down at home wishing showering was possible as I lay horizontal on the sofa. The same sofa that I rated earlier in the week here. Or better still I wish it was socially acceptable not showering after a run. Am I the only one that sometimes loathes the requisite post-run ablutions?

I wondered how I would feel the next day and if running on Sunday would be an option. Saturday I woke up without pain. So, Sunday looked promising. If only the weather cooperated. But, I forgot we had plans to see friends Sunday so instead of pouring sweat from every orifice of our bodies running we spent a civilized evening out. Hopefully, tonight I’ll be in better form than Friday.

I just want to run in the end.


11 thoughts on “Back to Running

  1. Hey Hey skinny, I strongly encourage you check out Yoga Studio (andriod or iOS. I too am recovering from some back pain from gardening and general nurse stuff. They have specific 15-30 minute programs for back pain. Well worth the $4 IMO. However, I would only recommend this for sore muscles. If you think you’ve got a pinched nerve, bulging discs, or a fracture, see your PCP (maybe even a PT). Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. So nice to see you back running! Well done! And more proof that you are a runner — you missed it while you were gone. It is excruciating not running isn’t it?

    As for post-run ablutions. I run the bath while I stretch and then lay down in the tub. The thought of standing up after a tough run is also excruciating LOL

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    1. Haha… I really hate standing after a run too. Walking home is torture enough. Sadly no bath in our flat. I still hate showering exhausted.

      And you are right, not being able to run is awful. I definitely missed it. If that makes me a member of the “I am a runner” club, who am I to argue? 🙂

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  3. I’m glad you were able to go for a run and I hope your back keeps improving. Back pain is horrible (I had to have dry needling on mine after a car accident) so try not to overdo it and listen to your body. My back feels better than ever after doing pilates, so that might be worth a try when your back is cooperating. xx

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  4. I hope your back is feeling better! I absolutely hate not being able to run. I sometimes loathe the requisite post-run ablutions too. For starters, trying to peel off an incredibly sweat sports bra is not an easy task!

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