My nine year old keeps saying "Epic Fail!" And I sort of feel like that today. The heat dome over us is just oppressive and making training very difficult. I tried to do core exercises on Monday, then I ran on the treadmill on Tuesday because of the heat.
On Wednesday I had a muscle pain in my lower left side of my back. Sitting was ok, getting up was painful, and walking got better as I went along. Then I'd have to sit and I'd get stiff all over again.
I tried to do yoga yesterday morning, but skipped all the back exercises because of the pain. Last night, I took lots of ibuprofen and pulled out the heating pad.
This morning I felt better so I ran on the treadmill again. When I got out of the car at work, my back hurt again. Not as bad as yesterday, but still a little stiff.
I feel old. I've never had this happen before. At first I thought it was the plank exercises I was doing, but now I wonder if it was the treadmill. I haven't run on a treadmill for a few months, so maybe I adjusted my gait so much I messed up my back. Or maybe it was both.
Saturday I have 12 long miles, in 75 degree heat. I am not looking forward to this run. I am hoping for rain.
This week has felt like an epic fail, just when I thought I had things together.