Just 6 days to go

6 days…that’s it…6 days until my first 5K. I admit I have gotten a bit lazy recently with the whole running consistently thing. BUT, I’m going to run this entire race. My original goal was under 30 minutes. I think that’s pretty reasonable for a first timer who was running 1.5 miles in about 14 minutes. And then yesterday happened.

Yesterday was Sunday Serve for my church. This is a day when we go out into the community and do some community service. Our church was involved in stuffing bags for the Homeless Urban Ministry, breakfast bags for a community next door, making PLARN (plastic yarn) mats, visiting shut-ins at the local nursing homes, doing some painting and repair work at a community center, and spreading mulch at a local high school. I have typically filled care packages for deployed soldiers, made meal bags for the homeless, or cut plastic strips for PLARN mats. This year I was signed up to fill bags again, and for the first time ever, my husband was off to be able to volunteer also. So, after a brief church service, we all split up to get busy. I was told that the “bag filling” group had enough help and that I would be better needed spreading mulch. Ok cool.

We had a total of 12 adults and 3 kids for this project. We managed to spread a lot of mulch over the next 2 hours and finish the project. I did great for the first hour. Then I stood up after spreading a small pile and felt a twinge in my lower back. I knew I had done someting, but I figured it was just normal muscle ache. After a hot shower and resting until the football game (the Bills SQUISHED Miami…YAY!!!), it only seemed to get worse. I took an Aleve, had Icy Hot put on by my amazing husband, and when I got closer to bedtime took a Loritab. I used a pregnancy trick and slept with a pillow between my knees. That at least let me sleep. Today, I can move and I can sit up. It’s sore but not like take-my-breath-away blinding pain. I’m going to at least walk today if I can’t do a light jog. It figures.

6 days. *sigh* I did get my running capris in the mail today though. I wonder if I can do the 5K with my iphone and earbuds? Anyone know????


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