Yep, it’s the running.

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.

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4 Responses to “Yep, it’s the running.”

  1. Kareina Says:

    Perhaps if you use a bike computer to calculate your average speed, and then focus on trying to up the average till it feels like you are getting the same “bang for your buck” as you can get running it might help?

  2. Donna Says:

    Somehow I picture a big spinning wheel like on a game show, with various exercises listed on it. You and himself get all dressed up like the folks on TV and spin the wheel to choose that week’s routine of sweat inducing activities 🙂

  3. Yoko Says:

    I recommend getting your back checked. My herniated discs started with pain from running, hiking, walking and no pain when swimming and biking. I can no longer stand or walk more than 10 minutes at a time. Get checked. I now have 3 herniated discs.
    I would also recommend looking into college pools. I swim at Mills college between 6:30AM and 7:30 and can get to work by 8:30 ish. Noticeable difference when I don’t. Can’t think, fall asleep etc. I’m addicted. Even 24 hr fitness is clean first thing in the morning. All places are kind of gross by evening.
    With swimming you may not feel like you are getting a workout but it is because you can’t see sweat. If it makes you pant, you are getting your work out. You have to stroke with purpose, pushing the water with your limbs. Kicking from the hips is hard work. I think too that varying the workout is good. I hear you a out the cycling seeming like less of a workout. I have to cycle on hills now, albeit low hills.

    • Laina Says:

      Oh don’t worry, I’ve had my back checked a LOT. I’ve been sent to physical therapy many times, had Xrays taken, got a lumbar steroid shot, got sent for acupuncture (by my Kaiser doc!) – this back has been thoroughly checked! 🙂
      I wish I lived close enough to Mills to go swim there- I used to swim there right after the pool opened back in the 90s and it was wonderful!


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