After prolonging a back injury- I've now, finally, learned to just stop doing everything and sit around and get fat. I'll see you guys in three months when I can get back into it with some real gusto. To explain, I'll provide some history. My weekly exercise schedule consisted of weight training 2-3 times a week (depending on the weekly cycle- more cardio or more anaerobic) and running/stair/ski machine for 10-15 miles, usually 5 days out of the week. I got really sore the day after I inflated the "happy fun ball" for my kids with a tire pump. It had twelve chambers with two valves each. It took me nearly an hour to completely inflate. I woke up the next day with a really sore back. A few hours later, I bent over to empty a bucket of water from the mobile A/C unit running in the basement. I could feel the disks slip as I did so, and had to go to the chiropractor to get them realigned with multiple adjustments over the next two weeks. I feel better, but decide to have a punching bag workout, and woke up the next day with a pinched nerve. Extreme pain! The side of my right leg was numb, and every time I moved it, I got shocked with pain in my foot, knee, and ass. After going on a carefully regulated sequence of Ibuprofen for two weeks, I was able to start to walk/stretch it out. I've regained half of the feeling in my leg from the starting point to now. It is a slow journey. My workout has evolved into lying on the floor of my gym on an ice pack for 15 minutes, followed by walking on the treadmill for 10 min (@ 2.5mph, 5% incline). Then I stretch the heck out of my leg with a standing hurdler's stretch for 30 sec on and off. The pain stretches from the top of my head to the tip of my toes. The moral- don't aggravate your injury because you feel like you need to get up and do something- anything to get the heart pumping. Every time I have the urge, I have to keep telling myself to calm down, find something to do, or think about what it's going to be like when I get back into my running routine- sometime in mid November. I'll be running in the crisp, cold autumn air, crunching the frost under my feet as I trod the wooded, gravel path I know so well.