If you are a runner you know – it is really hard to admit when something hurts. I mean, things hurt all the time when I’m running, but I’m talking about when something REALLY hurts. And where is the line between normal hurting, and REALLY hurting? I think I found out.
I’ve had a sore hamstring for months. It only bothered me when I ran, basically. I didn’t think much of it, and it didn’t prevent me from running or doing anything else. Maybe it was getting a little worse, I don’t know, it was hard to tell.
But last week, I was just sitting at my computer, and it really started to throb, and then my entire lower back seized up in a spasm. Just out of the blue, I didn’t do anything. It was a little disconcerting, and I couldn’t sleep that night because I couldn’t get comfortable. But the next day with some heat and a little stretching, it was fine. I didn’t even know if the hamstring problem was related to the back spasms.
My run on Saturday was fine, well, there was a moment of back spasm, but it came and went quickly. Then, sometime in the middle of last night, the spasms were back. This didn’t seem good, so I went to my chiropractor this morning. Dr. Jon is great, he did his usual chiropractor stuff, and I got some stim (electrical stimulation) and heat, and it feels a little better. I have to go back Friday.
I didn’t ask Dr. Jon if I could still run, because what if he said no? If I don’t ask, then I can presume that I can still run, right? I couldn’t run this morning because I could barely walk, or sit, or do much of anything, but it’s feeling better now. And he did say that the hamstring problem is definitely related to the back problem, because the hamstring is connected to the pelvis, and the pelvis is connected to the back, etc.
So, yeah, it would hurt much more if I had to stop running. No pain, no gain, right? But there is a limit, even for me I suppose.