Back from my week away
The Sunday before I started the archaeology dig I ran 7 hot sweaty miles very VERY slowly then left my running clothes in the hotel in the knowledge I wouldn't have the time or energy to run during the dig. I then spent 5 days shovelling rock-hard dirt for 6 hrs/day which I'm totally claiming as cross training
It was miserably hot: 95-105F and high humidity so it was really hard on me having finally acclimated to Winnipeg weather
Good news though was that my back pain eased off - obviously it hurt while shovelling but then so did literally every other muscle in my body so that's justified pain. Apparently the activity helped - as it's now starting to hurt again after a couple of days back at my desk. Worse though is that I feel I'm playing whack-a-mole with injuries: now the sciatica and lower back pain have eased...my knee is hurting
I've requested a PT appointment for a full biomechanical assessment to see if I can get better info on what's wrong as I suspect it's all related, and then work with my trainer to fix the base issue instead of just working around the symptoms all the time.
Last night was personal training which went pretty well considering how generally beat up I feel. Wednesday we're going to update my fitness assessment and make a plan for the next 3-6 months - likely to be mostly stretching and basic (she said: boring and repetitive) exercises to get me ready to pick up the intensity that hasn't been possible while the whack-a-mole injury circle has been going on. She's also putting me in touch with a yoga teacher she knows who is aware of my spinal issues: with any luck in the next week or so I'll have yoga, trainer, and PT all aligned and working together to fix me