You may remember that I’ve had some trouble with my lower back over the years. I had a lumbar steroid injection at one point a couple of years ago to try to reduce the pain and inflammation. Well, over this last summer I’d been enjoying a remarkable lack of pain, which has now ended. Right about when I started running again.
Running is my favorite form of exercise, but it appears now that it may be something I need to either stop doing, or find a way to modify how I do it to make it lower impact. I’m not sure how to do that other than to maybe find a dirt trail I can run on, which makes doing it less appealing as I’d need to drive somewhere before I could even begin.
Today my Amazing Husband and I went for a bike ride instead. I don’t feel like I get the same level of exertion from riding a bike (that whole sitting down thing) but it’s certainly better than no exercise. I’m sad if this is the end for running and me, but I want to try a few different things before I give it up.
I’m open to suggestions on how to modify my running to be easier on my back. I’m not looking for suggestions of other forms of exercise to do – I’m well aware of the possibilities, I want to explore making running work again if I possibly can.