It was a week of before and afters: before & after the snow, before and after PT, before & after a haircut, and before and after my first sports massage.
- Monday: PT Appt (gait analysis) -1 TM mile, Final Fat Meltdown, PT Exercises x 3
- Tuesday: 3 1/2 easy miles on the TM in the AM, 2 1/2 easy miles outside in the PM, Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 3
- Wednesday: PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Metldown, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Easy 5 miles, PT Stretches x 3
- Friday: Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Meltdown
- Saturday: YFR Hips, PT Stretches x 3ish (didn’t do my squats), 10 mile LSD
- Sunday: PT Stretches x 3, Dogwalk
Mileage: 22 (+2)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
My second (and last?) PT Appointment
This one was the gait analysis. Ray at Positive Motion Fitness doesn’t like to do the gait analysis when you have an active injury.
I’ve had a gait analysis in the past, and the results were pretty much the same: I don’t have a lot of imbalances, although of course I’m not perfect, and I do something really strange with my right foot where I swing it out and then in front of my left foot. It looks so bizarre, like I’m walking down a catwalk, and I’m totally unaware of it as I’m running.
Most of the rest of my form is good, with a few oddities here and there, like how I twist my body around on the left hand side — he said it looked like I’d had a shoulder injury, but I haven’t. Although I’ve basically had a kink in my right shoulder for almost a year now –either it caused the weird thing that I do with my left side or I caused the kink by the weird thing I do on my left side (chicken or the egg?). You can actually see it, sort of, in the photo Darlene took of me on our run Saturday (above, I’m on the right).
We went over the exercises he had given me last week, to make sure I’m doing them correctly, and then added in three more to address my gait issues. He said my runs this week might feel sluggish. And that we’re done.
My runs haven’t been very sluggish, although I can’t say as they were super speedy either. My ankle does feel a lot better and I didn’t tape it this week. Still need to keep working on it because as I keep saying, it’s better but still not normal.
I split up Tuesday’s run because it was bitterly cold in the morning and the roads still seemed a bit icy from Monday’s snow storm, so 3 1/2 on the treadmill and then 2 1/2 outside in the afternoon.
Thursday I was meant to do hill repeats. It had warmed up, but rain was in the forecast, so I rushed home from my meeting, hoping to beat it, and forgot to tape my IT band. I ended up just doing an easy 5 miles, and my IT was a bit tight, so dropping the hill repeats was a good call (it felt fine the next day). I did throw in a fartlek down by the college where there’s a nice row of trees.
On Saturday I met up with Darlene and a another friend. My friend and I ran 4 miles together — she’s training for the Venice Half Marathon, lucky girl — anyone ever done it? She’s looking for any information she can get on it! Darlene joined us after her race (where she won her age group) for the last 6 miles.It was a pretty day, although a bit chilly and windy — still miles better than the previous weekend. And then we hit up Leah’s Cakery again. Good thing I’m running in the double digits again!
I taped both knees, taped my IT on the left leg, but didn’t tape my ankle. The IT was not a problem at all; the ankle is just a tiny bit irritated this morning, but pretty good for a 10 mile run and I continue to make steady progress with it.
Favorites of the Week
Above you can see how the hair looks after being pulled back in a ponytail and under a hat for run on the left — and how good it looks after a haircut. I wish I could make it look that good all the time.
Leah’s Cakery is dangerous and we’ve decided we need to try everything there. I only have about another month of really long runs . . .
Saturday we rented “Bridge of Spies”, which I really enjoyed despite falling asleep here and there.
Sunday I had my very first sports massage. I do massages every month, or every other month, but I’ve never been brave enough to try a sports massage. It seems like everyone loves them (or loves-hates them), so I decided since I have several issues going on, it was time to suck it up and try it.
It was painful. Not all of it, and not like coming to tears painful, but flinching and could you please stop that soon? painful. But I knew to expect that. I have to say the ankle did feel better afterward. But right now it’s hard to tell how much it helped — I still plan to get another before my race in May.
And that’s a wrap!
Do you do sports massages? How often?
How often do you get a sports massage, if you do them?
Enjoyed a good movie recently? A good book?