Mace’s training log, 10-6-12

The heat is on!
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So, last week, I took on an assignment for someone who temporarily can’t work because of a bad back.  Two days later, I throw out my own back, with no apparent cause, proving that God is a devilish jokester.  Or a chiropractor.  Or both.

Feeling sorry for myself, I took a day off to whimper, until I realized I wasn’t getting any better hunched over in a chair.  So I took to the road gently, then normally, and found that having a hurting back, like having a cold, isn’t an excuse to hit the couch.  In fact, this New York Times article says exercise makes it better.  And, sure enough, it did.   My back felt worse on the two days I didn’t run, than on the days that I did.

Disclosure:  I am not a doctor, and do not play one on TV.  Consult your own body before trying this at home.

SUNDAY:    Planned off.

MONDAY:   4 miles, 11:25 pace, with dog.

TUESDAY:   Back attack.  Gorging on Advil.

WEDNESDAY:   2 miles, untimed, with dog.

THURSDAY:  4 miles, untimed.

FRIDAY:    Off.

SATURDAY:   6.5 miles, untimed.

Total:   16.5,  157 pounds.  No numerical progress, but hallelujah, my back’s better today!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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