I don't have a lot of tidbits, but I have two!
I've had this pain in my mid-back for several months. I don't even know when it started and it's gone on for so long that I didn't want to go to the doctor and fess up that it's hurt for that long. Also, I didn't just want medication for it, so that was another reason to just keep hoping it would eventually go away. My work sent out an email awhile back that a local chiropractor made an offer to see any of our employees for free for a first visit, so I decided to take this doctor up on the offer. I haven't seen a chiropractor since I was pregnant, and he fixed the problem then, but I was open to seeing somebody new. I went for the first time last week. He took a full set of x-rays and did some sort of muscle scan. The muscle scan showed that the muscles in my low back are a little weak, the muscles in my upper back and neck are tight to the point of spasm (carry stress in my shoulders, much?!?), and go figure- the muscles in my mid-back where I have the pain are just perfect. The doctor explained that I had some issues on my x-rays, but stuff that was totally correctable by him. I think the dumbed down explanation was that usually your muscles can pull your spine back to neutral but my spine was so out of line that the muscles just pulled in every direction, not really knowing how to fix it. At any rate, after the first adjustment I had zero pain. I had a little bit of pain after my run on Sunday but a little session with my new personal TENS unit had me back to zero pain. My treatment plan calls for me going back to him twice a week for 4-6 weeks, then dropping down to weekly. I don't think that could be a bad thing through training and increasing my weekly mileage. He knows I'm a runner and he's just as pumped as I am about getting me back to baseline or quite possibly better than I felt for my first half... and that is AWESOME! So if anyone needs a chiropractor in Collin County, I'll hook you up. ;-)
My second tidbit is my new running skirt. I *love* my Lululemon skirts. I haven't worn any other brand since I was introduced to Lululemon. I went to The Galleria today and bought the Run: Resolution II in black. I kinda feel like the several layers of ruffles in the back make my ass look big but the size 0 girl working at Lululemon said it makes her thighs look smaller. Ha! Whatever... those are just the powerful quads (and ass) that are gonna make me faster. One day.
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