Saturday, 3 August 2013

on running and fractured spines.

I have a confession to make: I want to be a runner.

I want to be one of those people who gets up in the morning, throws on their running shoes, and gets out the door. It'd be amazing to run through the streets of the West End relying on my own strength. I'd love to be able to push my body up hills and to think that a 4 mile run is no big thing. But when it comes down to it, my bed is cozy, especially in the morning. I hate hills. And 4 miles? Might as well be 400. 
The truth is that I hate running, and my body doesn't exactly like it either.

A few years ago, after years of lower back pain, I was diagnosed with scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis. More commonly referred to as "scoli-spondy-whatzits." Basically what this means is that I have a vertebra that slips forward, and it's got a fracture. And my spine leans to one side. 
Here's a picture of what it looks like:

Fun, yeah? I'm a genetic catch, for sure.
To be honest, it sounds worse than it is. There's really no fixing it (unless I want my vertebrae fused, thank you), but it doesn't give me much trouble in my day-to-day life. 
It does mean that lots of walking and running, particularly on pavement, causes certain rebellious vertebrae to throw angry parties. 

And I have to say that this, more than my warm duvet or the idea of running up yet another hill, makes me less inclined to run. It's hard to convince myself into doing it when I know that I'll probably pay for it later. So what's a girl to do? 
I'm reaching out to you, greater blogging community of runners. My grand solution right now is to try to run on grass where I can find it. Any runners out there? How do you handle the lure of a comfy bed and the anticipation of body aches? Do you have any tips for beginning runners you'd like to share with me?


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