February 4, 2014
Week 15 - 104 Days Until Buffalo Marathon 2014
Week 40 - 264 Days Until NYC Marathon 2014
Week 16 of the Hanson Plan was a disaster. After my attempt at an interval workout last Tuesday, my back pain became way too much to handle. I went from trying to ignore it and just getting through my workouts to practically not being able to walk. How could it be that the guy who ran 47 miles just last week, all of a sudden can’t walk to the restroom without everybody asking me if I needed help getting there. It was a bit embarassing. I work in IT and my office is full of folks who will only get out of their chair if they must. Excercise is not an option. But here I am hobbling around and I could just see the satisfied look in thier eyes.. “i told you so..all that excercising is gonna catch up to you”…i get morsels like that thrown at me every day. So an important week goes by, I had to cancel out of the NYRR 5k in washington hts March 2nd. I am now looking at NYC Half March 16, which I cannot back out of. I will have to walk it if necessesary.
I took the week off to see if the pain would just go away. Yes I can go to the sports doctor and get a nice little shot that would make me forget the pain, but won’t resolve the issue, and I can go to a chiropractor and sign up for bi-weekly sessions at 30 bucks a pop. But I can’t afford to the 60 bucks a week\240 a month just so I can run without pain. Running is important to me but things like, roof over the head, food on the table, things the kids need, etc come first.
So after week off, I do feel better as far as I am not walking with that pronounced limp like I was last week, but I can still feel that discomfort lingering and I feel as if running will reaggravate it for sure. I have been doing crossfit, which amazingly does not activate the back pain but I have not tried to run. I have done a few running drills just to see if I can feel it getting ready to blast off, but I think I won’t know until I actually try to run. Today after my crossfit workout, I will try and do two easy miles on the (gasp, groan, moan…) treadmill in the gym. It will be my first treadmill action since August 2013 but I have to be smart about this and make sure I take that baby step before stepping outside for a more vigourous run. If pain comes back…I will have to go and see a Chiro or Ortho.
I am one full week with no running and I am on the 4th week of an 18 week Hanson Plan. I still have time to adjust if I can get back to running this week. Once I hit the 12 week mark, if I am still missing time I will reassess and maybe cancel my plan for the Buffalo Marathon and focus on getting better and being whole for the beginning of NYC marathon training in late June. Right now I still feel that I haven’t lost much fitness wise and that if I can get back on the horse and have a full week next week I can still do this, although I may have to lower my goals and forget about the possibility of a BQ. I will figure that out once I get through a full week…uggh!!