So last week in PT I did all kinds of exercises and stretches, both there and at home. This week, we're trying the "complete rest" approach for a few days - I'm getting treatment at physical therapy, but my PT wants me to not do anything at home and see if there's improvement. She's promised me that at my appointment tomorrow, we'll do an outside workout. It's really a crapshoot to see if one way works better than the other in healing the hamstring. What I can tell you is that it still hurts to sit on certain chairs (they press at just the right spot to hit my most sore area), and if I make a quick movement with my leg/foot (like kicking off a shoe), I get a sharp zapping pain that lets me know this thing is still messed up.
I'm still having a lot of ups and downs with this - I'll feel good and begin to think that it IS healing and I will still be able to participate in my upcoming races, and then something will happen that brings the pain front and center, and I plunge into depression again, especially as the race dates get closer and closer. I was having such a good time with running, even with the hot weather! And now that we've hit cool mornings, I am not getting the reward of enjoying a cool weather run. It just stinks.
OK, enough of the depressing stuff. Last Saturday, our running club had 10 and 11 miles on the schedule. It was the first really cool morning for a long run, and most of our runners showed up...I'd like to think it was the breakfast tacos that we'd promised for afterward, but honestly, it was the glorious weather. I ended up walking some of the route, nice and easy. Amy and Stephanie were very sweet and walked with me for the first part, which was especially kind because I'd have been all alone in the dark, and who knows when the boogyman was going to jump out and scare me? My hamstring didn't feel any worse during the walk, but I definitely felt it grabbing as I ambled along. I couldn't resist running very slowly on a couple of downhill parts (oh how I love my downhills), but that really made it act up, so I went back to walking.
I ended up covering 3.25 miles and was the first one back, which was great, because I got to see everyone else come in at the end of their run, and they all were grinning like crazy - and that's after 10 or 11 miles! Cool weather...it makes for very happy runners.
Jeff and Phillip - shoe twins!
Stephanie was Runner of the Week - I like the way the cape is blowing in the wind!