Wednesday 31 August 2016

Weeks 3-4/18, back me up !

Almost a month without posting any news... But a lot going on in my life, as usual!

I finished on schedule weeks 3 and 4 of my training plan, respectively with 24 and 30km a week. But I had to take a 2-week break, after hurting my lower back pretty badly while trying to put my bike in the trunk of the car. Aouch! I am used to lumbar pain but usually not that intense. I tried to run a bit but it seemed to make things worse after that, so I decided to take a break and avoid any risk. My plantar fascia being connected to my leg and my back, I should be really careful not to make them both worse than they already are.

I used this time off to have my back checked through a MRI. Nothing serious, but my encouraging doctor advised me as usual to stop running and switch to swimming or I might get more back problems in the future. We'll see about that, in the meantime I intend to stay on the trail! However, I do belive I should limit city runs on hard pavement and stick to dusty roads, which was already my plan!

I finished these two weeks by enjoying three days of vacation in the mountains: sunshine, fresh air, healthy food, pool, sauna and an amazing back massage. As it turned out, I have a very stressful life, according to my back, and I accumulates a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders, which might be a cause for my lower back issues. I am reading more about it right now and the proper way to get all that stresses out.

I celebrated my recovery by enjoying a nice little 5k with my honeybunny in the hills, soooo good!
Back at my training plan this week, and still 14 weeks to go. This shift in my schedule set a 21k run on Berlin's marathon day, so I'll run at least half of it with my little wife. Then I'll take the subway up to km 40 and wait for her to finish :)

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