It seems pretty definitive now that it is running that is making my back hurt. I’ve been playing with it and I went for a run Saturday morning – bam! Backache! I only walked Sunday and no pain. I went for a 50-minute bike ride tonight – no pain. When I’m running, I’m in pain. When I walk or bike, I’m not.
But I like running the best! Biking is…ok. I don’t feel like I get the same bang for the buck, exercise-wise. And walking is just…not intense enough. Yes, I worry that I won’t be able to maintain my weight with just walking because I never have before. When I’ve had the greatest success with my maintenance efforts is when I’m running. My husband suggested finding me a pool to swim in, and while I’m pro-swimming, I’m anti-swimming-in-public-pools. Completely aside from the issue of having to share a lane with random strangers, which I’m just anti-social enough to really resent, there’s the whole hygiene issue. Uck. I used to work for a company that had a pool as part of the company gym and I think I was the only person who ever used it – THAT was heaven. But using a pool at the 24-Hour Fitness is…unsanitary. And crazy-making.
Unfortunately I’ve been doing this long enough to know what will work for me and what won’t, and running on a treadmill just won’t. I absolutely loathe any of the gym cardio machines. I can’t make myself do them long term. Even short term, really.
Something that used to work for me years ago when I was on HMR was that they would give us a new assignment every week, it really kept it fresh. It would be, like, this week find a way to do exercise indoors. Or, this week, try out a group exercise class. Or do a hike. Try getting two bouts of exercise in one day. Different stuff all the time. I know that the purpose was to expose us to as many different ways of exercising as they could so we would find something(s) we like, but maybe what I really need is a variety of different things so I can feel like it’s new and interesting every time.
Or I can stop being such a little princess and just do the bike riding and walking like I know I need to.
Oh, and about a month ago I signed up for a mud-run 5K this weekend. Guess I’ll be doing it race-walk style.