One of my 12 resolutions for 2012 was to stretch more. Based on my current state, stretching more has not been enough. I need to really incorporate a stretching routine in to my DAILY life.
In addition to my shoulder/bicep issue, I have managed to really bugger up my lower back.
About 6kms into my 24km run this past Sunday, I felt my lower back tighten up. I was wearing my Fuel Belt with all 4 bottles full, 2 packages of Gu Chomps, my iPhone and car keys. I would estimate that the belt was about 5 lbs of extra weight that I have not been used to running with lately. In addition, perhaps to the extra weight I have put on since Ironman. As I was running up a short hill around the 6km mark, my back suddenly and quickly tightened up. I stopped, leaned forward and touched my toes to stretch it out but it didn't seem to pass.
So I did what any rational athlete would do. I kept running thinking the running would loosen it up.
Well, let me tell you, it did not loosen up. And when I stopped running it became even tighter. And let me tell you, 2 days later I am still unable to bend at the waist, sit or walk.
I am off to the Dr. today. I had originally set the appointment to have my shoulder/bicep looked at and request some additional diagnostic tests. Now I a second issue for her to advise me on.
Hopefully nothing else in my body breaks down before my appointment this afternoon.