I actually got in to see my doctor this week, which, in rural Ohio, is amazing. Health care in rural areas is pretty piss-poor. I won't go into that rant now.
I presented my nurse, and doctor, with my typical printed out list. When I see my doctor, I try and present, in writing, my problems. They really appreciate this.
For my back, I had the time line, and symptoms, and pain, that I had since September 14. So when the doctor arrived in the room, we did not have to go over the whole story once again. I was able to give her the "short version" with more specifics, on what hurt when.
Good news: doc does not think I have any disk issues. She thinks it is still just a muscle strain issue, and since I keep running, I am not making it any better.
Advice: One week off from running and a course of prednisone therapy.
Once the doctor said, no disk involvement (unless this doesn't resolve in about a week) I felt much better. My back has been feeling better, but my big issue here has been, get this issue fixed, so I don't have trouble down the road. I would much rather take the downtime now, than continue on and be hurt and have bigger issues later.
I let the coach know what was going on and got some positive reinforcement for some future race plans.
The silver lining to this injury is the fact that I do not have ANY races looming over me at all. If I was running Grindstone/Oil Creek/WV Trilogy I would be a bit unhappy and I would also still be running through the pain..cuz those races are almost pretty much here. Actually, I guess I would take an early taper and then hope for the best.
So I am not going to run for a week. I am cleared to walk. Which I will do, some mornings. (Not tomorrow.) I am going to get in some quality sleep. Maybe get that closet cleaned off of excessive shoes (I am looking for a purse for vacation in there somewhere.) I will watch my eating and drinking too, to make sure to dial that back up with less miles on the body.
I may have one more 2013 goal race to go. I had almost discarded the idea of applying for Hellgate, but have gotten some positive reinforcements, so when the app for that appears, I may throw my name into the hat.