WHAT I DID
I didn't run at all this week. :-(
As I said last week...I thought I might have a stress fracture. The x-rays were negative (thankfully). I went to see a physical therapist, hoping to get some exercises to strengthen my calf.
I also volunteered at an 8K race Saturday--FUN!!
WHAT I LEARNED
Interestingly enough, when I went to see the physical therapist, I found out there is certainly "something" going on in my calf. You see, I had a bad car accident about 15 years ago. I had my left leg kind of propped up between the seat and the door. I hydroplaned and hit an 18-wheeler. I didn't break the leg but it was basically smashed and did major soft tissue damage to that calf. It seems as though there's most likely some scar tissue in there that's causing an issue when I run. The therapist did some e-stim on it with a focused cold laser machine. She said there aren't any exercises that will heal it, but e-stim and massage therapy are about the only things that have any hope to "fix" the problem.
The Black Knight told me he had a stress fracture one time that didn't show up on x-rays, only on the MRI.... If my calf continues to hurt like it did the last time I tried to run, I'll probably force the issue and get the MRI done. I don't think that's going to be the case because it has been feeling a lot better since the PT visit.
I also learned how much work it takes to put on a race. ((Note to self-ALWAYS thank the volunteers!!))
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
Cross train! I met an ultra runner who HIGHLY suggested yoga. She's not the first runner who's said that, so I think I'll make that a priority THIS WEEK.
I have a massage therapy appointment Wednesday and a PT appointment Thursday.
I'm going out to run again tomorrow. I can not wait. I have missed it this week like I miss breathing when I have a head cold!! (Can you say addict?!)
Thanks so much for stopping in. Come again soon!