THANK YOU once again for all of your great advice and injury stories. You guys make me feel so much better and what is so amazing to me is not only how many runners deal with this injury but how different it is for everyone.
I’m definitely getting better. I’ve been hitting up the stair stepper at the gym because I feel like it does a good job getting my heart rate way up and working my legs better than the elliptical. I just can’t do the bike. I can’t.
I’ve been icing, massaging, stretching and foam rolling A LOT. I’ve even bruised myself a little bit, but don’t worry I stop when it gets too painful…
I’ve been using the stick, my rumble roller and a golf ball to get to the little concentrated knots that I’ve been finding. Along with stretching and my strengthening exercises I’ve seen a lot of improvement, but I still haven’t been able to really run. I feel like this nifty K Tape has helped a lot too.
My test runs have gotten longer and longer before I start to feel pain. I’m up to about a half mile before I have to stop. Right when I stop the pain is really intense, but goes away within a few minutes of walking. A week ago this pain would have lingered way longer and I would have had to stop my workout completely. Now I can switch to another machine or lift weights and not feel any pain.
I’m remaining optimistic that I’ll be able to jump back into training in time for the Richmond marathon in November, but unfortunately I don’t know when I’ll be able to run more than 5 minutes, and you can’t train for a marathon on the stair stepper.
I’ve heard great things about pool running as a cross training exercise, so I think that’s next on my list of things to try.
In other news, I think Dixie is actually a cat. She likes to lay on the very edge of the top of our couch. Maybe she just likes to watch over us…
In other other news, we’re getting married in 19 DAYS!!!! Which also means it’s almost my birthday AND almost time to go on our honeymoon in Mexico AND almost football season.
Last night I had a nightmare that I missed my fantasy football draft and woke up sweating. I keep forgetting that you guys don’t know what I’m like during football season. I’ll try my best to keep this from turning into an NFL/fantasy football blog. Gooooooo Steelers
Football fans – who is your team? If you like the Ravens I will judge you.
Ever tried pool running? I’m scared to go to our gym pool by myself so I think I’m going to make Thomas come with me.