My training lately has been a mess. I took downtime then dove back in only to strain my glute and get pushed right back to the sidelines. After my DNF at the Big Blue 5k I decided to get some help. Even though I wasn’t in a ton of pain and most of my regular activities weren’t in danger, I definitely could not run through it. And that’s pretty much all I wanted to do.
When I knew I couldn’t run I got a little bit lost. I wasn’t sure the best way to heal my type of muscle pull or even if it was the muscle I thought it was. So, off I went to physical therapy. I had no idea what to expect since my injury wasn’t very severe. After a few hip strength tests my therapist started going through a variety of exercises designed to balance out my right and left sides. Here I am doing my ‘homework’! After five days of not running I eased back at the end of last week with an easy 30 minute jog. My glute felt good and it seems the physical therapy is paying off.
Surprisingly, I actually enjoy it. It’s supposed to be tough, and it is, but my therapist is awesome. We do exercises that really challenge my balance and hip stability. It’s fun to do something totally out of my regular routine. But even though my injury is feeling much better I’m still on the sidelines.
As if an injury and a lack of miles weren’t already enough to put my training back a few weeks, I’ve come down with some kind of junk in my chest. It’s not only giving my abs an extra workout with all the coughing but sucking my motivation away, too. I’m getting lots of sleep and taking it easy while it works itself out. One of my favorite races, the EquiKids Cross Country 5k, is in less than two weeks. I never perform well at it and was really looking forward to improving this year. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. Either way, I”ll head into race day as healthy as I can be.
Have you ever gone to physical therapy? What for?