Today is considered my “off” day from Team Exos so that gave me the freedom to roam. Which is exactly what I did. I laced up my Brooks Running shoes and headed out the door and just kept going for as long as my heart desired. It’s such a gorgeous day here in San Diego so I’m really, really glad I didn’t let work get in the way of my chance to run. I also have the Ragnar Relay Race at Lake Tahoe coming up in about a week, which I’m nowhere near being ready for.
But as I was running, I noticed all my training at the gym has helped my endurance. I wasn’t panting or out of breath. My body felt pretty comfy throughout the first hour. I climbed a few hills and that’s when I realized – owwwww! My lower back is achey. I’m hoping I can keep stretching it out to get it back to being limber. These days, every time I move, my spine has something to say “crackle, pop, ding, ding.” I get it, spine, you’re there. I don’t really need the constant reminder and it makes me wonder why it’s acting up.
Anyway, no matter the pain, I was in such a mode of pure bliss that nothing was going to make me feel low. Being outside running gives me an adrenaline rush like nothing else. So, if you’re able to get out there – do it! Even a few minutes is better than no minutes.
An hour and a half later, here I was. Since my back was hurting, the first thing I did when I was done was plop on my back. I stretched out my hamstrings by bringing my hand to my feet and pulling on my toes. I also did leg/lower back twists so I could feel my lower back get a good stretch. I’m working towards feeling like Gumby, but currently feeling Crackly.