“Did you or did you not write a post about the importance of taking rest days?”
“Don’t say another word, I can’t even look at you right now”
I could tell you that, after a few days of non-stop rain, the sun came out and I was determined to make the most of it by getting outside. I could tell you that I didn’t actually intend to take a 5 mile hike involving lots of stairs and hills but I got carried away with the music blah blah blah. I could tell you that my best friend wanted to go to the gym and I couldn’t really say no. I could tell you that I will have to be in my sick bed or on my death bed before I’ll give up my twice weekly Pilates classes.
I could tell you all that stuff but, quite frankly and without wishing to offend, it would be bollocks. There’s no excuse. I am in pain because I did not take my own advice. I knew damn well that the muscles in my lower back were tight and a little inflamed but, having discovered the new challenge of running up all the stairs around here I just ignored it. I also knew that my adductor muscle (inner thigh) in my right leg were playing up and that would exacerbate the lower back pain. So, did I gently stretch my adductors which I know is the right thing to do or did I demonstrate to my best friend how to use the adductor machine in the gym using too much weight just because I was showing off? I think you can guess..
The result was 2 days of hardly being able to straighten up because the muscles in my lower back were in spasm, 200 euros spent on massages and ibuprofen and paracetamol every few hours to make the pain bearable. One week on and I’m still in pain and still on a restricted exercise programme, I’ve also had to restrict my diet because I can’t exercise like I normally do. (On the upside I did get some good quality sunbathing in before it started raining again and I finally got to watch Fight Club which turned out to be a brilliant, if somewhat strange violent film)
The moral of this story is don’t give advice to other people if you’re not prepared to take it yourself…..lesson learned (hangs head in shame)