Thursday, August 8, 2013
After five days of moderate to mild lower back pain - at its worst Sunday and especially Monday - I went to see an excellent chiropractor after work, and he did some major adjusting. I took a short walk tonight, the first time to walk normally and pain free since Saturday. What a joy that is! I take it for granted that I can walk with little effort, and when something goes wrong, it is a real eye-opener.
I am not sure what caused the pain. I had some back pain after a week in California - four different beds in eight nights and hours in airports and in jets. But it never got too bad and faded after a while. I wonder if trying to run more messed something up? The chiropractor said that running, and especially long-distance running, is not good for one's back. I told him I had a like - dislike relationship with running. He replied that his relationship with running is more dislike - dislike.
So having decided to try to run some of the half-marathon, will this mean putting my back at some risk? It sure is complicated. All I know is that I love walking and can live without running as long as I can walk and hike. So maybe I need to play it safe and just walk all 13.1 miles of the Crawlin' Crab. It's not like I am going to win the race, or even my age group. I think I know the sensible thing to do. The question is, as a male, will I do the sensible thing or not?