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I didn't realize that NPR has a whole series on back pain, which makes me very happy.
Today's installment was about working on the core muscles, which is what docs say really helps the spine stay healthy and supported and recover when things go amiss.
For Christmas this year my dad got me sessions with a Pilates trainer. Not because I'm a diva and need a trainer, but because it was good for my back. (Fathers like to give practical gifts, n'est pas?)
It seems to have worked, since I can now run 3.5 miles, which is far better than where I was in October. The fact that I still run does not please Le Doug, who would rather see me swimming. However, I would not be able to run that much if I weren't more structurally sound.
Unrelated: This whole morning I couldn't stop listening to The Libertines. I forgot how much I loved that album. Pete Doherty is a total train wreck, but rather handsome in a filthy, London, hipster kind of way.