I've done it again, people. I've messed up my lower back. I don't think there was one specific exercise or mile that did it, just the accumulation of running + bad sitting posture + weak abdominals. I'm just guessing about that, of course, because for years now my back has periodically flared up, leading to lost training weeks and a very grumpy Ceri. But yet, I have no clue what the main culprit is, nor do I have a firm grasp on the steps I should be following to avoid these back issues.
Because this year damn well better be the "Year of the Marathon," I'm seriously considering making a PT appointment. I want some exercise, anatomy Guru to massage me and stretch me and tell me what to do every day to stop this from happening again. It could be that I'm prone to these aches and pains (I know my Dad had a "bad back"), but I don't want this genetic imperfection to keep me from exercising and training and getting my run on. And trust me, if you had to live with me or see my grumpy face at the bus stop every day, you wouldn't want it to either.
Will a PT help me? Should I just pop more ibuprofen? Advice?