My back has a budget

This is more about my attempt to recover from neurogenic claudication (stabbing glute pain due to a nerve root impingement at L5)

I’ve been able to increase my walking from a rather sorry 0.5 miles at a time to, now, about 25 miles a week. It is mostly a diet of 1 mile commuter walks (M, W, F), 2 mile training walks (M, W, F) and 3-5 mile walks (Tu, Th, Sat, Sun) Pace varies from 11:30 mpm on my fastest training walks to 16:30 on my commuter walks; most is in the 12:30-14:30 range.

Today: 2200 yard swim via

600 of 50 side, 50 back, 50 breast

400 of kick drills/swim with fins

1000 in 19:11 (4:52, 9:42, 14:32) or 4:52, 4:50, 4:50, 4:39. I had the pool almost to myself so no one to push, and I didn’t feel that perky.

200 pull

Weight: 201.0 before, 199.5 after.

Then I did a 3.18 mile walk; I had to dodge some construction and I was a bit heavy legged at first.

This was one of my slower training walks, but I was fatigued. AND..I had some tingles/discomfort (nothing like the bad old days) in the 3’rd mile. First 2 miles were fine.

But …I felt this a bit during my YMCA walks..where there was a hill that I blamed.

I am wondering if the swimming is part of the reason; walks are always harder after swimming. I think that my back has a “done at one time” budget and swimming deducts from said budget.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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