backaches and rest days

This morning’s yoga class was good. Tonight, though, I’m irritated. Not because of the yoga class. More like the irony.

Honestly, I’ve been doing well at working out, challenging myself, REGULARLY, in the past week or so. I’ve been running, not surprisingly, and I’m really, really proud of myself for getting myself out there.

It’s momentum, and it’s working.

Yesterday evening, I felt a little twinge in the center of my lower back. I didn’t think much of it- not like I was ignoring pain, but it really was just hardly noticeable. Today after yoga, though, it was more noticeable. It’s still not much, but it’s enough of an ache that I was more comfortable after taking an Ibuprofen.

It’s not a really terrible amount of pain- more annoying than troublesome. It’s like soreness- feels fine when I’m sitting/laying down/not moving, only hurts when I bend over or otherwise engage that muscle. I suppose I would describe this as a “pre-injury” pain… the kind of alert from your body that lets you know you need to take it easy to avoid a serious injury.

Anyway. The irony is that I believe all my good hard work and momentum is forcing me to take a day off tomorrow. Like I said, it’s a “pre-injury” pain, and of course I don’t want to push myself to an injury. So frustrating- all this good hard work, and then this.

Oh well. It’s just as well, I suppose… I am getting a new recliner delivered tomorrow, and they called to say that they would deliver it between 11 and 1. (Naturally- smack in the middle of the day!!) I am also going to be volunteering at my church tomorrow afternoon. So, it’s probably just as well that I’m taking the day off. Even though I’m frustrated by it!!

(By the way, it’s pretty wild that I am now actually disappointed and frustrated by NOT running… wow!)