Friday, September 16, 2011

If it's September, then I'm in PT

It's true.

The past two years in a row, I've had to visit my Physical Therapist, and for some reason, it's always in September.

I was really feeling my training this week, I'm smack dab in the middle of my schedule, with less than 8 weeks to go until the marathon.  I've been dragging, the miles are starting to weigh on me, and my motivation is just not there.  I only made it three miles on Wednesday, the inside of my left leg near my knee was really bugging me, so I decided to stop, and made an appointment with my PT.

I had juggled my schedule to clear up a few hours this afternoon to do my 17 miler, and when I went in to PT this morning, I was hopeful that I would still be able to bang it out.




My issues usually lie with my hamstring, but this time it's not the case.  It turns out I strained the muscle that runs from the bottom of my hamstring, along the inside of my leg, past my knee, and into my calf.  It's called a pez-something, I tried to google it but couldn't find anything about it.  Luckily it's not a bad strain, there is no tear, but I need to rest it a few days.  My IT band is pretty tight, so I have to do some stretching of that area, which is one spot I have a hard time getting a good stretch.  Instead of running today, I need to walk for a few miles, then bike.  I can run again on Monday, then I'll have PT a few times next week, and hopefully it will calm down.

I'm a little annoyed about the strain, I have been so good about cross training because of the triathlon I did in August, and I stretch twice a day.  But it could be much worse, so I'm thankful for that.

Oddly, this is the boost I needed.  A couple days of rest, then I have a fresh start.  I'm allowing myself to get excited for the marathon, I got my bib number and wave start this week from NYRR, my wave is at 10:40, with the slower kids.  My friend Jennifer is in the same wave, as are several of my NF Endurance teammates.  I let myself look at the course, and elevation chart, now that I know what my start time is, I can figure out when I'll hit spots in Brooklyn and Queens, for my family to spectate.

It's getting real, and I can't wait.

Happy Weekend, and Happy Training!!!

20 comments:

Suzy said...

Feel better!! PT will help you get to the starting line.

Teamarcia said...

Oh no! I hope the Pez behaves. So excited for you that it's NYC season already.

Julie said...

grrrrrrr to injuries :-(
Hopefully this pez starts to behave him/herself.

Laura said...

I hate this part of training ... so far and just want it to be over yet so far to go.
Tell PEZ to behave.

Christi said...

Enjoy the rest and pray for the healing. I know I am sending positive vibes your way!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I ahte september, Its the month that I am finally on empty and I still have things to do, sucks

I hope you get better soon

LauraElaine said...

Yikes! Hopefully PT will help clear it up in time for the marathon! (PS - it's the pes anserinus :)

misszippy said...

Glad you have nailed down a source at least, and that you have a plan! You'll be fine for NYC!

Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

Hope the rest and PT do the trick! Enjoy the rest!

Raquelita said...

It was so smart of you to stop and get it checked out right away! I pushed through hip pain during my long runs for several weeks and am now dealing with a massive IT band issue. Hope you heal quickly!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Way to be cautious twinsie! I'm so excited for you and NYC!!! Who cares about pace??? You're running NYC!!!!!!! Hugs from WA!

Angie Bee said...

Glad you have some answers!!
Maybe get your iron checked too. That can be a reason for sluggishness feelings. I have had a couple of friends lately discover they have low iron and I had that problem last year at this time too.
Have a fab weekend!!

ajh said...

Sounds like you caught this nice and early! Good luck.

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Prothrombin time (PT) is a blood test that measures the time it takes for the liquid portion (plasma) of your blood to clot

Amy said...

Sounds like you've got the right perspective! A few days of rest can do wonders for the body and brain. I hope it helps you get your motivation back!

SupermomE12 said...

sorry about the PT but SO glad it isn't anything too serious. I hope you feel awesome after a couple of days of rest :)

Vaporizer said...

I hate such types of PT training program..

J said...

Hope the PT helps get you back to feeling 100%!

Jay said...

Best wishes, hope you're feeling better soon.

Jay @ abstract canvas

Roger said...

Cracking post, hope you feel better soon and get back to blogging!

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