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Anyhow, yesterday at the gym I did W1D1 of C25K. I'm not pursuing this program regularly, I simply forgot my magazines that I read while on the elliptical/ArcTrainer and had to find another distraction to keep the time ticking by. About three-quarters through the C25K, my lower back started to spasm again like it did on Saturday. In typical Hilary fashion, I would have used any excuse to cut the workout short and go home, but I actually really wanted to finish. As I reached 26 minutes, shooting pains started resonating through my hips and I had to get off the treadmill. The pain was literally taking my breath away. Since my daily workout goal is 35 minutes, and I was only at 26, I figured I'd give the recumbent bike a try since I could sit down comfortably with a nice back rest. In the end, I could only do 8 minutes on the bike and I had to stop. By the time I left the gym I was limping out to the car.
The back spasms continued all night long, but getting some sleep definitely helped. I plan to take the day off from the gym and just do hand weights when I get home. I don't want to chance injury.
What I am proud of here is my perseverance with the workout. I'm of the mindset that if I take just a day off from exercise, I fear that I may never go back. It's only been 4 solid, consistent months of hitting the gym and I don't yet feel comfortable with my discipline. Still, I was proud that I pushed through the pain, until I couldn't walk, and still got most of what I needed to get done accomplished. Still, I'm very mindful of the signals my body is giving me, and she wants a break!