Side Pain was Kicking My Butt and Stopping My Runs

Last weekend I started having some pain in my side. It felt like I was getting a cramp in my right side just below my ribcage. It was just a twinge now and then on Sunday. I had taken a few days off running so I thought that it was just a reaction to my lack of exercise for the previous couple of days. To test my theory, I woke up on Monday morning and worked out to my Jillian Michaels “30 Day Shred” video.

I really like this video. It has three levels and each level gets progressively more difficult but I’ve found that each level works your body overall but concentrates on areas a little differently.  You can add hand weights to Level 1 to make it just as hard as Levels 2 and 3 so I like to rotate between the levels. On Monday, I did Level 1 without any additional weights to see how my side was feeling and after the workout it felt pretty good. But that feeling did not last for long.

Later that day my side was hurting again. Overnight, it got worse and by the morning I decided to have it checked out. After a couple of quick checks I found out that I had a cyst that would eventually go away on its own but my side was going to hurt on and off until it did.

After a week of sitting, I’m feeling fine and ready to get back to running. But before I do, I’m going to get back into my workouts with my Jillian Michaels video and some swimming.

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