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Thanks for the motivation! I was really glad my PT made it so clear: every single day. It isn't nearly as fun as running, but if this makes things better I'm completely sold. My PT seemed really enthusiastic about helping me, too. I think that really helped.
Currently every day. I'm still doing injury recovery, but I suspect my PT will tell me to keep doing these every day. She made it very clear that I was to do these every day and twice a day if I wanted. "You'll do these tonight and every day. Every single day," was the exact statement, and I've followed her direction. My next appointment is next Friday.
When my pain got bad it was after only a half hour or so if running, coming from routine, pain free two hour runs only a week or two prior. For me it wasn't in my knee but instead in my calf immediately below my knee. It was extremely painful to move my lower leg forward. I could hold it straight and put weight on it, I could bend it back, but swinging my leg forward was almost excruciating. My PT suggested hamstring issues (it has been sore) with my calf then overworked to compensate.
I kind of thought my tight muscles were a sign of being very fit. Now I'm not sure that's true.
I agree. In a way I'm optimistic that I can come out of this with more satisfying results. It'll take some rebuilding and adoption of new workouts, but if I want to run 120 miles every month, that's what it'll take.
Remember the conversation we had a couple months back about how everyone posts amazing summit views but nobody posts the super sketchy ledge or swampy trail, and viewers can be lulled into thinking it's safe and easy? I think I fell into that trap with running. I did a few different workouts but didn't do everything I should. Running 15 miles makes for a nice social media post (or even just a private data point). The same isn't true of groaning over a rubber band or stretching with a strap. It's boring, so people don't really talk about it and in the same way, I never sought it out.
I'm doing four rubber band things, three stretches with a strap, calf stretches, and foam rolling. My legs are way too tight. I'll write it out as a separate post if you or anyone else would find it useful.
I haven't been running due to an injury. More humbling than the injury is the exercises my PT has me doing. I thought of myself as having pretty strong legs. I could, and did, run a half marathon every week. I hiked up a mountain in 0° F through two feet of unpacked snow, and while slow, I still crushed it.
But put a rubber band around my ankles, have me squat, and then take small side steps and I'm a puddle of goo in fifteen feet. And that's basically the issue that caused my injury: the muscles that weren't really strong were really weak.
I can still feel the strain in my hamstring, so I'm not going to try running until my follow-up appointment next week. No sense in pushing it and exacerbating an issue. I'm in this for the long haul.
To that end, I'll have my first DNS on Saturday. My October full marathon is probably also out. It's disappointing but necessary.
I'm able to walk and hike, and I've been doing more Ice Age Trail segments. I'm up to 361 miles complete of the 1140 mile trail.
I thought you were going to go the direction of "will need to move in a couple years because of layoffs or limited growth at a company."
Two weeks ago, you said "see a PT" or something. I'm seeing one Friday. I haven't run a single step in sixteen days. Reading your post here, I think I've been assessing the risk without thinking about it that way.
The risk is I think I feel better but don't know what the cause was. At best, I cycle between injuries and rest. At worst, I have a more serious injury. Taking the smart steps is smart, no matter how frustrating.
I've turned back on hikes, and it's tough. But I've also pushed through difficult hikes when I was capable but at my limits, and it's all the more rewarding knowing I did it and wasn't reckless.