Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bite me.

Yesterday was a really nice day. The sun was shining, there was a bit of a cool breeze and I had my mum's company. She wanted to join me on whatever it was I was planning on doing for the day, so off we went for a walk around the block. Mind you, my block is 8km long. Before we took off I kindly asked if this distance was okay and mum was like "of course, so long as we spend time together".

So off we set and it was the most fun I have had in ages. Mum and I get along like a house on fire and we are pretty much always laughing, apart from the occasional mother/daughter spack, but all in all we are best buds. The 1hr 20min walk went by pretty quickly and as usual mum didn't complain not once - not even as we tackled some hills which I thought would flair up the arthritis in her knees. She managed to make it to the top, take a breather and then keep going strong.

I didn't feel the walk at all and was just using yesterday as a relax day. However as we got to the 7km mark I could feel my back and hip start to play silly buggers again. So, no sooner did I get home - I took a shower and did my stretches and felt ok. That was until this morning.

As I rolled out of bed and tried putting pressure on my left leg my back went into spasm. It gripped me for atleast the first 10 or so steps and then settled to a tolerable pinch just above the iliiac crest which is the usual spot. After sitting at the computer and checking my emails and trying to get back up, it did the same thing - spasmed for about 10 steps and then settled again.

This time I walked straight to the kitchen and took my dose of Ibuprofen and did some stretches. It eased enough for me to be able to go for my bike ride however I altered the route and just did a nice flat route instead of my hills. I was a bit disappointed but I figure any riding is better than no riding. So I did 18km only and it was nice easy riding, no breeze to speak of and just glorious sun - which felt nice on my back too.

After getting off, my back stiffened up again so I quickly drove home and jumped in the shower. It is still a bit tender but I have pretty much told my back to "BITE ME". I was not going to let it get in the way today. But physio is booked for Friday and am looking forward to some good old fashioned stretching.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage