It had been 14 days since I've put on my sneakers. Sunday, I felt comfortable enough to try a VERY short run to see how the back injury would hold up.
First let me say that injuries suck and this one is kicking my ass. All I hear in my head is "tick tock tick tock" of the clock. Five days till I get my first email with my training for the week. Leave it to me to start this thing with an injury! But I still have time.
I started out at a very ginger pace, my back was tight, but not painful. NOTHING like when I ran the 5K. Which, by the way, I am still kicking myself for such a stupid decision to run. Anyway, after a mile, I had to stop and stretch the back and looking like an idiot. Only did 2 miles, but I was happy with it. Afterwards my back seemed no worse. I was hoping this was a sign I was almost recovered.
Every year we have a tradition of meeting friends on Christmas Eve morning for a run and then we head out to breakfast. This year was the only year I couldn't make the run. When I got up to get ready my back was hurting. Not a lot. At first I thought I would meet them halfway and run 3 instead of 6. Then it hit me. This type of decision is what got me in injured in the first place. This decision, although right, caused a different type of pain.
Today is Christmas and I am hoping for a Christmas miracle. Going to head out to try again. Not long. Just 3 miles. It would be the best Christmas present EVER.
Wishing all a very Merry Christmas!