March 16, 2016

The graduate...or something like that!

Yesterday marked my last day of Physical Therapy. Hip hip hooray! I'm happy to be done for many reasons but most of all, that I'm slowly on my way back to running again. I got lucky in that I started to make significant progress again in the last 2 weeks just in time for my last appointment. My ortho agreed to write another 4 week PT script in February so these last 4 weeks were it as far as structured therapy goes.


I'm also grateful to be done with the process. Most of the time I truly enjoyed it, but there were days when it simply wasn't convenient and cut into my personal training studying time. 

So what does this mean now? Well I got a spiffy blue shirt from the therapy office and hugs from several of the staff with whom I have worked for the last 3 months. I'm planning to try to run 3-4 days per week, starting with 1:1 run:walk intervals and will increase my run intervals and mileage very, very slowly.  One of my challenges in the last 4-6 weeks is that every time I experienced pain, I quit running immediately. Based on the guidance from my therapist I should try to stick to a normal running schedule, assuming the pain isn't increasing. That will help get my body adjusted to running again and help me continue to build strength and endurance. 

Since the weather is turning nice in VA, I'm excited to get back to the road and hopefully enjoy some runs in the evenings with Adam. I'm contemplating a 5k later this spring/early summer so that I have a goal for staying consistent with my running.

More on my knee injury saga:
That pesky knee
My plan for a healthier knee

Have you ever come back to running from an injury? Any advice? 
{Christine}

28 comments:

  1. Good for you! I'm going to be embarking on that PT journey in a couple of weeks. Sigh. I don't want to.

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    1. I really liked it in the beginning but the setbacks got old! Good luck Wendy!

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  2. Congrats! Glad to hear you "graduated" from PT. As you know I went through the same process and it was a lengthy one. Did you ever find out what caused your injury?

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    1. We assume inflammation and muscle weaknesses. Nothing terribly specific but it kind of makes sense. What still confuses me is why it didn't improve with extended rest after Marine Corps Marathon.

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  3. congrats on graduating PT! I've been fortunate to not have any significant injuries that sideline me for more than a day or two so I cannot imagine all the hard work you've had to put in with PT to be able to just get back out there or how much (and crazy) not being able to run must be. Wishing you continued strength and progress moving forward to stronger and healthier running

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    1. That's great! I was lucky for a while but eventually ended up there. Keep up with strength training and cross training...those seem to help with injury prevention.

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  4. Congrats! I hope the return to running goes well :)

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  5. Congrats! Your plan sounds solid. My advice is to stick to it! Your positive attitude has been key in your recovery, I'm sure!

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    1. Thanks! I was so nervous to keep running once it hurt but I think baby steps will be important...and consistency!

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  6. YAY about the PT graduation!
    Definitely shows your dedication to it, you wanted it and got through it and now you can move onto your running as you want, YAY!!!

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  7. I'm so happy for you! And it sounds like you have a great plan for getting back at running. I'm sure it won't be easy, but the hard work will definitely be worth it.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn. My first run yesterday went really well so that was a good step.

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  8. Woohoo ... pops the bubbly.

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  9. Just be patient and know that you'll run again. The body heals, and you are young (so you'll most likely heal faster than an older person). It's tough being injured, but you got through it and ultimately it will make you a better personal trainer because you'll be able to empathize with people who are injured, hurting, or have some sort of setback. Congratulations on your graduation and spiffy new shirt... I think every single PT office does this. Clay still has his "graduation shirt" from when he went and we lived in Florence then!

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    1. Ha that's funny! When I went to PT in high school, I didn't get a graduation gift...sniff. If nothing else, it's a good reminder to keep up with my exercises every time I see the shirt. And yes, definitely have a lot more empathy for anyone who deals with an injury. It can be frustrating!

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  10. Yay! So happy for you that you're on the road to recovery! Hope to see you at Shamrock this weekend! (Though I'm not enthused about the weather forecast...)

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    1. Thanks, Becca! Yea! I didn't realize you are running. Fun! That's when I met you last year. :) Honestly...if the weather sucks, I probably won't go down to the beach b/c it's SUCH a pain to find parking once the race starts. Fingers crossed it won't be rainy.

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  11. Woohoo!! Congrats graduate! I'm so glad you're on the mend!! Hope your running goes well - enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I just finished up studying for the day and have been staring out the window daydreaming of running with Adam when he's home from work. :)

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  12. yay! I am sure it feels good to be done with PT! I came back from a stress fracture which was pretty easy compared to my current situation. I did run/walk and did not run back to back days for the first several months. I felt great till a few months ago with my foot situation.

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    1. Stress fractures seem to have really tough recovery since you don't want to put weight on the bone while it heals. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  13. You've done your time. Your free! LOL. Your patience and positive attitude have been inspiring. I'm still in PT for hip pain, but luckily am able to run as THAT feels good. It hurts to sit. I was out 10 weeks due to a foot stress fracture and I still have its neuroma. Returning was a mental struggle. I was worried about every twinge. But, I had a wonderful podiatrist who insisted I couldn't hurt my foot. That helped. Your knee may hurt as it adapts to running. Just write out a slow and easy return to running plan and stick to it (while listening to your body of course!). Good luck Christine.

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    1. Seriously! Great analogy Hollie! Oh that's really good input...thank you! So far, I've felt better running in the past few days then I did the entire time in therapy so fingers crossed that this trend continues. :)

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  14. Yay! I'm sorry that you're still in pain when running occasionally, but hopefully building up the intervals and mileage slowly like you've been doing will have you running pain free soon!

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    1. So far, it's been going really really well. I am shocked at how easy and comfortable running has felt lately. Fingers crossed that this trend continues. :)

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