Say hello to my little friend...
Some of you may be staring at this thinking I've got a weird shaped ironing board, but that right there is my inversion table that I can't live without.
When I start getting up in miles in training, the pounding of the pavement, or even worse, my treadmill, gets my low back aching so bad. It gets my sciatica flared up as well, causing pain & tightness down my whole left leg. Not fun.
I used to go to the chiropractor that would put me on a traction sort of machine. It was wonderful & I could tell a difference, but you can only do so many treatments on it, plus, it gets pricey to continue those visits so many days a week.
I got the one pictured above on Amazon for $199.00 - which in the scheme of things, pays for itself on saving chiropractic visits.
Now, I'm not one of those people who hang upside down totally. Ricky can do it. I can't.
I get so freaked out that the machine is going to flip all the way over. Even when Ricky is standing there assuring me nothing is moving, I still feel like I'm going to be stuck in this thing as it collapses on my head.
But the good thing, I dont even NEED to go that far back.
its just about getting that pressure off of the low back for me. So I can take it back to a good 45 degree angle maybe (I was always horrible at Geometry) & I can almost immediately feel my spine straightening right back out.
I like to just stay there at that angle since its not so far back that all the blood is rushing to my head, which can be a good thing if you do get SOME blood flowing, but not enough for me to get a headache. I'll just relax, take some good breaths & stay there for about 5-10 minutes a day.
When the pain is really bad, I'll get on it a few times a day. It has made a world of difference for me.
& even if you don't run, its a great thing if you sit all day. Get that pressure from sitting all day on your back a little relief.
Some of the other benefits from using an inversion table?
Add on that list - * Makes your dogs look at you like you're crazy
I honestly love mine & am so glad for the investment in it....
Have any questions about it - let me know.
Now onto Week 6 of Half Marathon Training
Monday - Run 3.04 miles
Tuesday - Upper Fix
Wednesday - SICK
Thursday - Cardio Fix
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Run 6.13 miles
Sunday - Rest Day
I did it....
I had to take a sick day in there in my training.
Wednesday, my UTI got the best of me. I never thought that an infection in my bladder could make me feel so bad, but mercy. I felt horrible ALL OVER Wednesday.
Like I just wanted to go home & get in bed & tell the world to leave me alone...
but before I got home, I felt bad enough to go to the Little Clinic at my grocery store & see if they could help.
I couldn't get in with my doctor for 2 weeks & I wasn't about to spend $500 to go to the ER so I thought I'd give this place a try. It really was super nice, & quick & got the job done.
The only weird thing - having a UTI, of course they need a urine sample. So they gave me a cup & a brown bag & I had to walk through the grocery & use their bathroom & had to carry my urine back in that bag.
Peeing in a cup in the grocery store - check that off the things I'd never thought I'd have to do in life.
But they got me hooked up with antibiotics & I was on my way in less then an hour. Success!
& just to give The Little Clinic some credit - they called me on Saturday afternoon checking in on me & seeing how I was doing. Who does that? Unfortunately, the symptoms aren't really getting better so they told me to call them in 48 hours if it was still bad & they'd send out another antibiotics prescription.
I may never go to my family doctor ever again.
But I did feel better to where I could go for my long run this week. Whew!
Little Clinic, I thank you!
& now, we're heading into week 7 ... & kicking off the Triple Crown of Racing THIS SATURDAY! YAHOO!!!! ... it's all about to get really exciting for the next few weeks!