Well, what happened? My spine happened. I have had spinal problems for a few years now. You know it's bad when laying flat in bed causes pain. I have had an MRI, a painful nerve test, and other diagnostic tests. Once I got past the shin splints I discovered I still could not run or even walk an entire mile without stopping due to pain.
My spine is so bad now that I can barely walk more than a block without pain. It's hard to letterbox. It's hard to grocery shop. Forget about carrying anything or even walking slowly any distance. It's so painful. I walk 2 blocks between the train platform and my office daily. Some days I can only make it one block and then I have to sit and rest for a moment. Not rest my legs or my lungs - take the pressure off my lower back.
I have been to the doctor. He said even surgery was just a temporary fix. He suggested some exercises. Just the same regular stretching exercises I have always done.
The thing I liked was going OUTSIDE. Even in rain, even in snow, I liked going outside, getting fresh air, moving and seeing the landscape change. Staying in my house and trying to find a few empty inches to do some exercises is not working for me.
Even before I ran, I was a great walker. I loved taking walks, cold, snow, rain, summer, winter, fall. I had a dog, just so I could take her for long walks, and it forced me to go outside every day no matter the weather. Now I can't even shop at Walmart. I can't stand in the line that long.
I miss running. I miss it a lot. Last week I walked with some coworkers to a restaurant for our holiday luincheon. I got terrible shin splints after only a couple of blocks. After about 5 blocks I didn't think I could make it and I was looking for a cab.
It really sucks. So that's why I don't write about running any more. :-(
Photo: Fat runner. From: "Cool as a Cucumber." A Failed Unicorn Weblog. 31 March 2011. LINK