PT Progress+ Torture = Results!

Hey Everyone… sorry I haven’t posted in a while but sometimes life gets in the way.

When life gives you lemons...

When life gives you lemons…

For the past several weeks, I have been on a running hiatus. That’s right complete and total running embargo at the request of my Physical Therapist. Turns out a portion of my knee issue could be because I run incorrectly. That’s right…. I don’t run correctly. For some reason it’s like my muscles are fighting each other in my left leg/glute and my knee had enough so it left the party. (If that made any sense.)

Yep. This should be what you were picturing in your head.

Yep. This should be what you were picturing in your head.

Anyway, I have been going several times a week to do exercises, lifts, and other random physical therapy things to work on correcting the issue. The foam roller is my new best friend. I have been actively using it for the last 5 weeks just about every single day! (Yeah. Crazy. I know.)

At first, I thought this is crazy and will never work but my insurance covers it so… what’s the harm. Well I am happy to report that after listening and doing exactly what my therapist has requested I am thrilled with the results. Yesterday, I was finally given the all clear to run for 10 minutes at a 1:1 interval as a test run… (see what I did there. HA!)

During this running break… I have been focusing on cross training. I found 2 great local spinning studios Swet-Ride and Zengo. I have been hooked up ToneItUp exercise videos and DVDs. My exercise bike at home has actually been used! (It’s a miracle.) Lastly, the at home exercise DVDs I’ve been collecting since high school have all been getting their moment in the sun. Truthfully, it’s been fun. By not logging miles, I’ve been able to be a bit more social in my exercise routines and include lots of friends and family.

These last few weeks for me have been full of changes and challenges. But one thing that has helped me is focusing on fitness and my recovery. In the future, I will definitely not be neglecting my recovery, strengthening, and foam rolling!

But with Asheville right around the corner…. so I better get moving.

It's about time though to get running.

It’s about time though to get running.

What are you up to? What at-home exercises do you do? Any races coming on this spring that you’re excited about? Do you love or hate the foam roller?

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5 Comments on “PT Progress+ Torture = Results!

  1. Nice job staying active despite your injury! Sounds like you’ve stayed positive and really committed to rehabilitating your knee, which is so important in the long run (hah). Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Asheville Half on the Biltmore – I’ve been wanting to run that!

    I just bought The Stick, and it hurts so good. I’m dealing with some lower calf pain in training for my upcoming half marathon, and I’ve noticed that has helped a lot over the last couple of days.

  2. Nice job staying active despite your injury! Sounds like you’ve stayed positive and really committed to rehabilitating your knee, which is so important in the long run (hah).

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of the Asheville Half on the Biltmore – I’ve been wanting to run that!

    I just bought The Stick, and it hurts so good. I’m dealing with some lower calf pain in training for my upcoming half marathon, and I’ve noticed that has helped a lot over the last couple of days.

    • Thanks!! It certainly helps to stay positive otherwise… I’d probably go nuts. I’ll include lots of details about the Asheville Half. It looks like a gorgeous course! The stick is amazing. It’s especially great for races you travel to because it’s super easy to pack.

  3. I totally love/hate my foam roller and don’t use it near enough. Funny thing is that I feel pretty good after using it so I should just suck it up and use it more.

    • I feel like that’s the relationship most of us have with the foam roller. We know we need it and afterward it’s great. But during the rolling… it just hurts!

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