Hope everyone is having a good week! Here’s a little recap of my running/cross training the past couple days:
- Monday: 4.3 miles, physical therapy
- Tuesday: 3.1 miles, 40 minutes elliptical, core work and PT
- Wednesday: 30 minutes spinning, 30 minutes elliptical, core work, lifting and PT
On Monday I started physical therapy for the Achilles at the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center – I’ve gone there for my IT band and had a great experience. The facility is top-notch and they really cater to and understand athletes, which I think is super important.
My therapist has me coming once per week, with prescribed take-home exercises, stretching and ultrasound therapy during my visits. It feels good to have a plan and someone telling me what to do every step of the way (lord knows I’m not good at telling myself the right things to do, other than “Run!”).
Since I injured the Achilles in late January, I’ve been somewhat resistant to getting my butt to PT and kept making up excuses:
- “It’s expensive, yo”
- “I have NO TIME! When will I go??”
- “I can just look up what to do on the internet!”
I did the same thing with my IT band and wasted about a month screwing around when I could have been working to get better with a set plan.
Sometimes I think the benefits of PT are kind of subtle or overlooked – I mean, most of get along fine without it – but I’m finally learning that for someone like me (stubborn, needs to be yelled at and told not to run), it’s necessary. Plus it’s kind of awesome to have someone dedicating their time to helping me get back to running, and working to fix weaknesses (hips!), stretch, strengthen and heal the Achilles. And for that I will make time (HSS has 6:00 a.m. appointments!), find the funds and stop Googling. So here’s to healing!
Here’s also to a weird lunch that turned out to be pretty delicious. Roasted Brussels sprouts with fresh mango, slivered almonds and balsamic vinegar
And a Fage 0% on the side
I wanted this to be similar to the sprouts I made a few weeks ago but with a little bit of a twist. It was exactly what I wanted – sometimes sweet fruits are the perfect accompaniment to a veggie dish!
The availability of mango and other seasonal treats also brings hope that spring will actually spring (?) here in NYC soon. I am so ready for flowers, sunshine, short sleeves and hopefully many springtime runs!
Question: Have you ever gone to physical therapy? Thoughts on PT?
P.S. I’m Irish, so of course I would like to wish everyone Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Enjoy a Guinness (or two!) for me 🙂
(both taken at the Guinness factory, Dublin. And yeah, I was totally drunk after that one pint…)