What else was discovered at this appointment (which I kind of already was aware of) is that my left side is extremely weak compared to my right side. The weakness is causing a waterfall of effects. Luckily, I am not injured due to this...YET. I will really need concentrate on strengthening the leg muscles on my left side and with that my stride should improve.
Normal foot stance
Not normal- how I have been running
My PT was awesome. He gave me some stretching & lifting exercises that will help improve my strength. I am supposed to do these exercises 3-4 times a week. That means I will be do them at least 7 times a week. :-)
My fun bands
My stretching exercises
My PT said I can still run as much as I would like too, which is great news. On top of my easy miles I use to warm up he would also like to see me incorporating more strides, lunges etc. to improve coordination and flexibility. I used to do a lot of this when I had a personal trainer so it will be easy for me to work into my warm up.
The company I work for has a sports performance center that I am starting to think I might take advantage of. It's obviously not covered by insurance, but I would get a discount since I work for them. At this point, I am willing to give it a try and see if it helps "boost my athletic performance". If you live in the Spokane area, you should check out the Rockwood Sports Performance.
I am also contemplating taking up some yoga for my flexibility issues. That will be a "stretch" (haha) for me because I hate yoga- so B-O-R-I-N-G!!!
I go back to PT in 2 weeks so I hope that I can make some progress between now and then. :-)
Yesterday I was also able to schedule my neuro consult for the nerve conduction study. Apparently Neurology is super backed up right now so the earliest I could get in is May 3rd!!! Looks like my recruiting department needs to start recruiting more neurologists....
I am feeling really high maintenance right now and I hate that. My life is so consumed with my training: weekly chiro appointments, bi-monthly massages, PT, endless doctor appointments...the list goes on. I hope that everything I am doing will be beneficial for my BIG GOAL.
Questions for you:
Do you use yoga as part of your training routine?
What does your warm up routine consist of?