A Bump in the Road

In last week’s RunDown, I mentioned how great it felt to finally be back to a place where my workouts left me feeling tired and sweaty. On Tuesday’s blog post, I discussed my plan for following the principles of overload and adaptation to reign myself in from doing too much too quickly during my comeback.

On Tuesday morning I went out early for an amazing walk/run and it felt so good to be starting my day again like I have for so many years. I was pumped and couldn’t wait for Thursday run.

On Wednesday afternoon, I sat on my evil office chair…

I’ll spare you the play-by-play of my whining timeline, but suffice it to say that my poor husband had to listen to me complain as I walked bent over, unable to stand up straight on Thursday and Friday. My back felt so locked up that I couldn’t even lift my chest off the floor while attempting to do my McKenzie press-ups. Yesterday I felt much better and today is the first day I’ve felt back to almost normal since Wednesday evening.

 

The Common Denominator

The only common denominator that I can come up with from the last three times I’ve aggravated my spine to the point of not being able to stand up straight is sitting in my office chair. I’ve long realized that I can’t sit on soft sofas or chairs without pain, but it’s gotten much worse in the last year. When I purchased this chair, I liked it because the seat wasn’t as soft as some other chairs I looked at and its back fits snuggly against my spine. My husband has the exact same chair at his desk and has no problem sitting in it all day while working from home. In the future, I’ll carry a kitchen chair into my office if I want to use my desk. Because of the chair situation, I do 99% of my blogging at the kitchen table.

 

More Positive Vibes with Flower Pics

As I mentioned last week, I’ve tried to keep a positive flow of pictures of pretty flowers on my Instagram and blog this spring, but it appears that the blooms on our spring flowers are slowly fading. I think distractions from our current situation can work wonders on cheering us up so here’s my weekly dose of flowers for you to enjoy.

Lilac…

 

Dogwood…

 

Columbine…

 

Clematis…

 

And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…

 

Running

Tuesday’s walk/run felt amazingly good for many reasons. It was the first time I’d ventured out pre-dawn in months and I loved once again having the world to myself as I watched the sun rise on another glorious day. My walk portions were at a strong and steady pace and my run intervals felt easy. I listened to the advice that I would give to any of my clients and stopped after four miles as planned rather than continuing on even though I felt so good. Sadly, it was my only walk/run of the week.

 

Assuming my back continues to feel back to normal, I’ll walk again on Tuesday and might throw in some run intervals on Thursday. By the way, this morning Bill and I took an easy one-mile walk and I felt quite good.

 

Walking

As planned, I kept my Tuesday walk at a steady clip and right around where I’d leveled out the last couple of weeks.

 

Biking

I’d planned to bike on Friday or Saturday, but skipped it based on how my back was feeling.

 

Strength Training

I got in two strength training sessions and two physical therapy homework sessions before my back started bothering me.

 

Yoga

I did a few yoga poses on Sunday and Tuesday; nothing huge, but a start.

 

It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

 

In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed either outside or in our home gym)…

 

Questions:
  • • What type of chair do you prefer to sit on?
  • • How is spring looking in your neck of the woods? ~ It’s 80° and sunny here today.
  • • Did you run in a virtual race this weekend?

 

And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!

 

*********************************************************************

 

I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb