Monday: Back felt stiff. Rest.
Tuesday: Ditto. Also busy.
Wednesday: Despite stiff back, went to my scheduled workout with Nike. Instead of asking for modifications, I let my ego get in the way and deadlifted a 55-lb kettlebell. On the second set, my back stiffed up again and I could barely move for a hot minute. But the second part of the workout was treadmill intervals which maybe helped?
Thursday: Still stiff. Also busy.
Friday: Yup, still stiff.
Saturday: Finally feeling some relief. Went to my scheduled workout with Nike and it helped a lot. Thankfully we weren’t lifting any weights. We did some stability body weight exercises and treadmill intervals.
Sunday: 5-mile run
Total time: 3 hours
Total times: 9-ish
So, I’m training for the Shamrock Shuffle with Nike and a group of 10 other locals. We’re a mix of seasoned runners and newbies. We’re working out as a group 2x per week and the workouts seem to be a dynamic warm-up, and then splitting up for 20 minutes of strength and 20 minutes of treadmill intervals. This will be the most speedwork I’ve done in a long time. Let’s see if it pays off.
Wouldn’t be a Nike thing without free gear, right?
We got the new Nike Reacts, I like them so far.
Battling the wind on Sunday
Anyway, so, my back. What the heck happened there? I’m not sure. The previous weekend, I taught Strong & Sexy (workshop) on Saturday, and on Sunday I did yoga and went for a run. Maybe at some point, I pulled a muscle? On Monday morning, I woke up fine, but when I was getting ready for work, I bent over my laundry and when I stood upright … my back stiffened. And pretty much stayed that way all week. I could hold myself certain ways and feel fine, but I couldn’t bend over (getting dressed was interesting). I brought my heating pad to and from work and sat against it constantly, I used this muscle relief lotion, I laid on my acupressure mat, foam rolled, I was pounding ibuprofen, but no relief. Well, actually, I think I was starting to feel better on Wednesday but then I made it worse during my workout.
Finally, Friday night, I was chatting with a friend who deals with a lot of back pain, and she suggested I alternate ice and heat. So I did that a few times on Friday, and by the time I got into bed, I was starting to feel better. I was still feeling soreness, but not stiffness. I could roll over in bed without difficulty! Huzzah! I still felt better Saturday morning (a little soreness but no stiffness), so I did a couple more rounds of ice and heat before my workout. And after my workout, I felt great! The soreness came and went here and there, but I think the ice and heat made a huge difference.
And in sad news, after two months, Olive still wasn’t coming around to our foster cat Chance, so his mom came and took him to stay with a different friend of hers. I’m sad he’s no longer around, even though he was a bit obnoxious. But now Olive isn’t being cooped up in our bedroom. (Meaning we had her litter box in there too, the smell was … not great.) Hopefully, he’s in a place where the other kitties play with him. (I actually have no idea if there are other cats.)