My back pain is trying to tell me something.
As I said earlier, it's not necessarily horrible pain. I can feel it some, and when I do certain things I can feel it more. But in terms of pain, this one's kinda got a low ranking.
But this pain may be onto something. It may be telling me that it's time for a break.
When I signed up for the Mud Run in - when was it March? - I immediately started training for it. I'd never really ran much before but now, many months later I like to consider myself a runner. I've ran quite a lot since then. I used to keep a log of my runs right here before I took a hiatus and lost count. But I'd say I've ran an average of three times a week since, at worst April.
Maybe I'm breaking down. Maybe I need a break before I break.
I've heard before that after a race you need to shut it down for a week or two. But I also sorta figured that that shouldn't really apply to me because it's a 10K, not a half-marathon or more. But I probably should have followed that advice or at the very least looked into it more.
So I think my plan will be this: after Sunday's Mission Inn Run, I will take a well-deserved break from running. I can't stay too long off my feet because I'm starting a new part-time thing that will involve running. But for a week or two after the Mission Inn Run I will stay off my feet.
The second part of the plan is this: I'll do easy recovery for a couple of weeks. I don't want to just stop altogether so I think I'll spend some time on the bike. My heart rate probably won't get up to the levels it does when I run but I'll be doing some cardio workouts nonetheless.
Next year, I've all but decided, I will run the Fontana Days half-marathon on June 6. I found a plan that will help me train for it (I'm sure I'll develop this matter quite a bit in the near future) so I won't completely get away from running. In fact, I rather enjoy it.
But I also enjoy feeling comfortable. And right now, I can't say that I'm 100 percent comfortable.