I visited that Physical Therapist this week and was given clearance to keep running and prepare for the marathon. It turns out my lower back issues don't have anything to do with my abdominal separation, and that my issues stem from a couple other things. The "short-story" version of the deal is this;
My right leg twists to the right at the hip and has since I was a kid...
I've always had a habit of leaning my body-weight on my left leg...
My left psoas muscle (that connects your legs to your core and is responsible for lifting your leg when you run) is tighter than the right...
My right hip was significantly "higher" than my left hip at the beginning of the appointment...
Which means my right half of my pelvis is twisted posteriorly (to the back)... (what?)...
Verdict = My right leg *might* be slightly longer than my left leg + I sleep like a twisty pretzel when Ethan crawls in bed with us for the last few hours in the morning = I got myself all jacked up on my long miles.
The Physical Therapist explained that since my right side is twisted to the back, it makes my whole pelvis want to arch back, which means puts a lot of pressure on my lower back. I haven't noticed it on other runs because apparently my core is strong enough to hold things in the "right" place until about 10 miles.
The great news is that with some simple stretches and a commitment to strengthening my core with a simple 10-15 minute pilates routine - I should be in top shape and still have time to train up to comfortably finish the marathon.
It was such a relief to find out I'm not broken beyond repair. Wee!
Now I've just got to dig my spirits out of their "Ican'tdothisit'stoohard" dark-place and hit the road again!
The PT gave me a modified training schedule for the next two weeks that looks like this;
Saturday - Long Run of 5 miles
M: 2 miles
T: 3 miles
W: 2 miles
Th: 4 miles
Saturday - Long Run of 7 miles
It's reassuring to have a plan in place and to know that the coach believes that I can complete this challenge of training for a marathon. I can't really figure out in my head how exactly I'm going to get from these measely (haha... measely!!) 5 miles up to 16-20 miles like I need to before the race... but she knows! All I can do now is trust her, do what she's told me to do, and keep communicating about how I'm doing and what I need.
I guess things are like that with the Lord, too. Most of the time I look at where I am now (selfish, whiney, weak) and where He promises I'm going to end up eventually (showing Christ's character in complete maturity) and I cannot for the life of me figure out how I'm going to get there from here. But He knows! And in His word He has given me some clear action-steps and the truth I need to get my heart in the right place to have strength for the journey.
So here's to trusting our Coach.