I went to the doctor this morning for my back. They took x-rays. The doctor said the pain I am having is a "good pain." That it is nothing serious and I probably hurt it by sleeping on it wrong or something. Just a strained muscle. He said it was probably angry at me and then when I fell Monday night I made it angrier. Thus the reason it was hurting pretty badly during my run this morning. But he wasn't as concerned about that as something else he saw on my x-ray. He asked me if I had lower back pain and I do...I have for as long as I can remember and it is always pretty bad around my period. And I always notice it when I am folding laundry (he he he...that's why I ate folding clothes)! Well, I have an old stress fracture on my lower back! He said I probably got it when I was a teenager...usually it is caused in girls from extension activities like gymnastics and cheerleading...which I have never done! I have no clue when I could have done this...my mom said the only thing she can think of is when I was skating that maybe I hurt it when I fell or something. Anyway, the doctor said he could see some degeneration already from that. So I have to go to physical therapy twice a week for 3 weeks...to help with my back pain now AND so I can learn exercises and stretches to do at home so that the lower back fracture doesn't become an issue. Blah! He said I can continue to run though...yay! He just wants me to not run until around the first of next week and then to be close to home in case it hurts and I need to head home. Anyway, so I am going to miss my long run this weekend...AGAIN! So bummed about that! But I don't think Andy would let me run anyway...he wants me to rest so I don't make it worse and have to take even more time off! So for the next few days I have to ice and take 2 Aleve twice a day. Anyway, just wanted everyone to know what is going on and to continue to pray for a speedy recovery for me! You know how I HATE missing my runs! So I may need lots of encouragement the next few days!