So, about that back injury I referenced yesterday. My back has bothered me off and on for years. In 1999, I got into a horse-back riding accident and wasn't treated for two years. I started running my senior year of high school (2000/2001), and the injuries manifested quickly. A little physical therapy, and my issue was solved. Then, I re-injured my back in 2008 while running and being all together too busy with too little care taken to strengthen my core. More PT, and I was good for quite awhile.
Recently, I've been running again. I like running, and it's good exercise. I was hoping to run a 5k in late April. My back had been hurting a little bit, but I was stretching a lot and trying to do some PT exercises when I had time. Then, over spring break, I pulled a muscle in my back while giving a piggy-back ride to the little gal I babysit. And then I made the mistake of running. I figured an upper back strain couldn't possibly affect my running. Ouch.
I spent a few days on the couch getting cozy with an icepack, and I have been doing stretching every night since. I am also trying to do my PT exercises, but the depression (or general laziness?) is fighting with me. I've been doing my exercises 2 or 3 times a week, which is alright.
Anyway, I am finally feeling better and easing back into the exercise. Swimming first, and I will add in yoga when I get a little quality time with my wii fit.
And that is my entirely non-humorous, life-recording and oh-so-thrilling tale of my back. Young folks, be ye not so foolish. Do not neglect the core strengthening exercises.