I overdid it a tad and I am feeling some frustration over my back pain which came back at about the 2.8 mile mark. This was my third run since the doctors okay to get back at it.
#1 - 2 miles on treadmill, pain free, slower pace
#2 - 2 miles on treadmill, pain free while runner, faster pace, pain the rest of the evening after running
#3 - 3.4 miles outside, normal pace for me, pain started while running
Starting next week I am dialing back the running and working on overall athleticism to attempt to fix this. I will be walking, using the exercise bike and swimming 3 days a week. I am starting strength training. I will still focus on distance but I will work on distance at a walking pace. I will only run 1 day a week. I am hoping that the issue is muscle imbalance.
I have been running for over 2 years but these problems did not start until 2 months ago when I started working on pace and all out running my entire distance. Prior to that, when I would go for a “run” it would actually be a run/jog/walk. I have to remind myself that I am still overweight and that running alone might not be enough to get my muscles where they need to be for routine running. So now I will focus on my overall fitness, and hope that it will lead me back to the running the type of distance I am hoping for.