Yeah - work this week has been a little crazy. So here's a quick blog update where you all weigh-in with your non-doctor advice (and please don't give me the advice "go to the doctor" - I don't think I'm there yet).
About two-ish months ago in my yoga class we concentrated on the low/mid back. So basically, an hour of cobra & up-dog & various exercises using weights (it's a "yoga sculpt" class). There was never a moment in the class that was like BAM where I was hit with back pain or something popped, etc. But afterwards my back was sore (which was common - I'm always sore in whatever body area we focus on).
Around the same time (I think the same week, actually) I got new running shoes. For years I've worn Sauconys, but this time I decided to spend a little more money & got some Nikes.
And my back has not been the same since.
Nothing has changed about my workouts. So I'm still doing yoga 1-2x per week, walking on some days, jogging on some days, a combination of walking & jogging on some days, and usually doing a P90X video at least once a week. And I've not increased anything about the workout regime, in general. So some days I'll push a little harder than others, but I imagine it all evens out in the end.
I would define it as mid to low back pain (that is, in my mid, low back - not way way far down, but not above, say, my natural waist). It just feels like soreness. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle. And it's equal throughout this whole area (not stronger on one side or the other).
I have two theories: 1) I pulled something during yoga & never gave it time to heal; or 2) it's the new shoes.
I gave it some rest this past week (I didn't work out Friday - Tuesday) and it was feeling normal by Saturday. But then last night I did an ab P90X video followed by Cardio X (which is general cardio-type stuff) and it's back, full on. I was up a portion of last night very uncomfortable.
Could my shoes be causing this? Have you guys ever had shoes that caused a problem?
I wondered a little if it could be from standing for a long time (that is, last night I did my whole workout, then stood in the kitchen while making dinner, then stood in the shower, basically didn't sit down until 7:45 when we ate). But at family fun night at church this past weekend, I stood in crappy, zero-support flip flops for hours (after a day of running around doing errands) and there was zero effect on my back.
I guess my next step would be to rest a few more consecutive days and try yoga and see if it hurts after that? Or rest and try cardio in my old running shoes? It sounds silly but: 1) I don't like to do a ton of "rest" because it mentally makes it easier for me to get out of the groove of daily exercise; and 2) the shoes were pretty expensive - it's going to be really annoying to buy another new pair.