I still have not run since the Turkey Trot that I did while I was visiting my family in Pennsylvania. The race was great but two days later I was at urgent care with my back completely locked up. So now here I am a week an a half later still taking it easy trying to get my body ready to run again. I have to admit that while my body was probably ready for a break I am in desperate need of a run and a good sweat. I do not like having an injury!
Last week my focus was simply on being able to move comfortably again. I spent a lot of time icing and heating my back and have been taking anti-inflammatories to relief the pain an soreness in my SI joint. On Wednesday I was happy to run into my orthopedic Doctor who I had seen previously when I had Peroneal Tendonitis. He is a runner to so I always trust his guidance in the office as well as outside. Upon his recommendation I have made an appointment with PT. I am hoping to get some good advice on how to rehab my back as well as exercises and a plan to get me back to running as soon as possible.
Last week I also enjoyed a 90 minute massage. The massage therapist focused mainly on my lower back and hip areas as well as my quads an hamstrings. The massage was very helpful in relieving some of the tightness in my back after suffering terrible back spasms while I was in Pennsylvania. The massage was fantastic and I also loved the heated massage table (perhaps one of the best inventions). I may have to schedule another massage soon!
It’s time for a swim. Low impact injury recovery strategy.
Until I am ready to run again I am hoping to reacquaint myself with the pool. I am hoping that my back will not be bothered by the kicking motion. If it is my coach suggested using a pull buoy. I guess for now I will be taking it one day at a time.
On the upside I have been having some wonderful family time jam packed full of all that the holiday season brings. Now we are waiting to see if we will get an enormous snowfall when “Winter Storm Damon,” the latest Nor’Easter sweeps through Northern New Hamsphire. Bring on the snow for sledding, snowmen, snow angels, and hopefully for me some cross country skiing!
What is the worst injury you’ve ever have. What was your strategy for recovery?
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