First, let me apologize if my last post seemed depressing. I typed it with positivity in my head and heart and didn't realize it may not have been interpreted that way. But the changes I'm going through aren't earth shattering and as long as I can continue to be active and fit, I'm very happy!
Thanks to the change in Michigan law in 2015, I don't have to have a doctors referral to see a physical therapist. I'm going at 3:30 to meet with them, do some forms, and get a plan together for a solid routine of strength exercises to keep my lower back as healthy as possible. When I injured my back I didn't have an insurance plan that covered PT and didn't get any post injury treatment. I'm glad I can go now.
I was going to go to the gym after I meet with PT and packed my bag to do that and then.... left it at home. Home is 27 miles away. Grrrrrr.... And we're getting freezing rain. The rain is ending by noon apparently so I'm going to just run outside at home if it's not too icy, do some strength work with what I have available and make the best of it. 40F and 10mph winds is the evening forecast and I can handle that.
Last night I felt stabile enough in my hips and lower back to try a slow run for 30 minutes. 13 minute per mile pace so it was definitely easy paced. My back felt great! I even took my shoes and socks off and did a couple light strides in the exposed grass in my yard when I was done. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity before the snowpocolypse comes tomorrow and stays till Monday. Only 10" expected at my house, luckily. I'm just on the leading edge of the really high totals. 20" for my parents and up to 30" for my boyfriend.
Now, go for a walk in the grass or the sand - it feels great!