After the Delmar Dash today, Darlene, Barbara and I ran 5 more miles on the rail trial. Well, Barbara only wanted to go a couple but she just kept going and going . . . and then they saw eagles. Without them, I would never have seen them. So cool. I didn’t even attempt photos with my Ipod, as I would have had eagle specs.
- Monday: Dogwalk, PT Appt, Final Fat Meltdown
- Tuesday: Hill repeats (7 x 30ish) to tempo (5 miles), Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 3, Yamuna Foot Fitness
- Wednesday: PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Metldown, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk x 2, Easy 5 miles, PT Stretches x 3, YFR Foundation
- Friday: Dogwalk x2, PT Stretches x 3, Final Fat Meltdown
- Saturday: YFR Hips, PT Stretches x 3, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Yoga Tuneup Hips & Feet & Ankles, Delmar Dash (5 miles) + 5 miles after the race, PT Stretches x 2, Dogwalk
Mileage: 20 (+1)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
My first PT Appointmtnet
I went for my first physical therapy appointment on Monday. My ankle was a lot better, but it still isn’t normal, and I’d like to get back to normal. The good news is because I didn’t wait too long (although it had been bothering me for 6 weeks already), he thinks I’ll be back to normal sooner rather than later.
Bear with me, this is likely to get long. One day, about 6 weeks ago, totally out of the blue, the top of my ankle was a little sore after a run. After my next long run it was really sore. I went to my chiropractor, but I didn’t mention when I made the appointment that I was having a problem because a) it didn’t seem that bad and b) I just didn’t think to. My bad.
Her quickie diagnosis? It was not tendinitis . . . yet. She recommended lots of stretching. Some bloggers warned me against that, but I started to do Yamuna Foot Fitness on a regular basis again, and quickly found Jill Miller’s Yoga Tuneup Quickfix RX Lower body — and started doing that regularly, too (disclaimer: both of those are Amazon affiliate links and I will earn a small amount if you buy them by clicking through my links).
There is no doubt that it got better, but as I said, it wasn’t normal. I’d read good things about Positive Motion Fitness, and I made an appointment.
After about 2 hours of examining me, watching me walk, stretching me, and showing me the stretches I was going to do 3 x day going forward, the truth is my chiropractor was right: I need to stretch the $#*t out of my ankle. Three times a day. Which adds like 30 minutes to my day.
Diagnosis? I have some tendons that are aggravated by tight ankles, from simple aging and pounding pavement, that hasn’t yet progressed to tendinitis, thankfully. Tomorrow I go back for a gait analysis.
I could have gone back to my chiropractor, no doubt. But I know she wouldn’t be spending quite as much time with me, or showing me all those skeletons and books with tendon pictures — which I dig. Part of me says being a physical therapist would be so cool. I’ve actually thought that for a long time, but the truth is I like my life as it is, for the most part.
Running seemed a bit sluggish this week, but it was also insanely windy (20+ mph winds) for every.single. run.
I did all my PT exercises, I got in strength training 3 times, but yoga suffered again and again — not enough cross training. I didn’t get on the bike at all this week. Between my appointment and Lola’s vet appointment it was a busy week and guess what? This week looks pretty much like a repeat. Minus a race.
In addition to Darlene, 2 of my USAFit buddies showed up for the Delmar Dash. We woke to 3″ of snow and a layer of ice, but the conditions for the race were fine, and I pushed it and am quite happy with my race.
Then 5 more miles with Darlene & Barbara (partway) and as I told Darlene, put a fork in me. Soooooo tired.
Favorites of the Week
Running a race with lots of friends! I’ve run this race 4 times I think? The first time I’m not sure I knew anyone. I met Darlene at it for the first time 3 years ago. For the last 2 years we’ve run more miles afterwards. And this time I had friends with me that I could actually run with — for part of the race (I’ll get to that when I recap it . . . .someday).
I also ran into a couple of complete strangers at certain miles that I ran with for maybe half a mile, which actually helped me keep on pace.
And, of course, the postrace massage. Awesome. My ankle felt fine then, but I won’t lie, it’s a little achy as I write this later in the day. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow morning. However, I’m not worried about it and my upcoming half. I know it’ll be fine (and I still have about 6 weeks).
And of course I fueled with all the sushi the night before, too. Seemed to work for me!
And that’s a wrap!
Do you have a favorite flat & fast race?