WALKING FOR A CAUSE...AND SOMETIMES JUST BECAUSE

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ow?

All righty...the entire left posterior side of my body hurts like a MoFo today. The pain seems to be originating from my gluteal area, so given the chance that this is my back trying to pinch a nerve or something, today's walking will be postponed to tomorrow, and many anti-inflammatory tablets will be consumed.

Well, ok, it's not like I'll be eating them like candy, but you can bet I won't miss a dose.

I'm going to blame this.

I used it all last summer while I trained, so I had it on the short days as well as the long days, right up to the last couple of weeks when I decided to try a fanny pack with dual water bottle holders. I haven't really used it since then.

But yesterday I got the bright idea that since I was going to be out for about 5 hours that I would use it--it holds 3 liters--so that I would have plenty of water and ice.

The thing is, something I didn't take into account, is that wearing a backpack changes your gait. You tend to lean forward a little more to account for the added weight. And if you've been training that way all along, that's fine. But to throw that added weight onto my back on a 15 mile walk?

Not my best idea, especially given the major back problems I've had over the last year.

I'll have to rethink how I carry stuff. The fanny pack irritates my back while I'm wearing it, which is distracting, but it doesn't hurt after the fact. The backpack didn't bother me until the last couple of miles, when I was already feeling like crap. And today I'm fairly ouchy.

Man, I hate having to think...

4 comments:

Journey to ATLANTA! said...

SGK advises to wear "broken in" clothing, back packs, etc., on event. Walking 15 miles with a backpack for the first time is like walking the 1st day of the 3-day with something you're not used to this year!!! OW is right!
We'll both carry-on tomorrow ... no whining!
You know WHY we're doing this ... and you're doing it TWICE making you twice amazing!!!!

Thumper said...

I knew better...it was a brain cramp...

Journey to ATLANTA! said...

Open the door ... let 'em in ...

Thumper said...

:::glares:::