Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your positive comments and good vibes you have been sending my way. I am very hopeful that I won't need the surgery and will look back a year from now and be able to see how much I learned from this experience. I am so thankful for all of you and my family. I cannot exclude my great professional team that are working in over drive to get me healthy again: Matt (coach),
Dr. Anderson (sports medicine), Todd (PT), and Susan (Chiropractor). They are seriously hands down the best team to have on my side. I couldn't ask for better people to be working with right now.
Matt created a pretty cool training plan that is physician and physical therapist approved. It kind of kicks my butt! It includes 6 prehab exercises for a warm up, a circuit workout that includes kettle bells & spinning, abs, and then concludes with 4 stretches. The stretches have been great to work out my tight hips. I have noticed that they seem to be helping and this is only after 2 workouts. The circuit portion of the workout might not seem like much, but it totally kills me. I feel like I am dying! The abs- there are only 9 moves, but holy moly. The first time I did them it hurt to laugh for the next 48 hours!
I do the cross training/stretching program Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. The whole workout from start to finish takes less than 90 minutes. On Tuesday & Thursday I can spin for 45-60 minutes. Right now I can only spin moderately for 45 minutes. Nothing additional on any workout day. If I want to add something I have to get permission to do so. The reasoning is so that I don't over do myself. I am glad I have Matt to keep me in check because I am so addicted to running and working out- it is ridiculous. Matt is teaching me how to follow instructions- that is a fact! I texted him yesterday to ask if I could spin for 60 minutes and do the abs workout. He said no to abs and only let me do 45 minutes spinning. He said he could tell if I wasn't following "the plan". TRUST ME. I am following the plan. This plan also means NO elliptical. Guess I can't make the elliptical my b*tch anymore.
I am meeting Matt at the pool today to learn some sweet aqua jogging moves. It's okay to be jealous, really it's okay. I am not a fan of water so we shall see how this goes.....I am hoping I can get a good workout from it!
From this point, I am going to keep my workout plan from Matt and hopefully by staying away from running I can heal. I am seeing Susan twice a week currently so she can do ART (active release technique) on my leg. I am also seeing Todd twice a week to work on strength and flexibility. On June 27th I go back to Dr. Anderson for an evaluation to see if I am improving or if I will need surgery. Keep your fingers crossed that the therapy will help me. I think that it will. I can already see some improvement and Todd has mentioned how my flexibility has gotten much better. Two brownie points for me!
I am looking forward to running again for many reasons. Mostly because I have high hopes and aspirations for what I can run. Another HUGE reason is because it seems like I have the sloooooooowest metabolism evvveeeerrrrr and running helps keep that in check. I am not going to lie, definitely not feeling comfortable in my body right now. The clothes are not fitting like they should and I just feel disgusting. Not the best way to start the summer. With that being said....I leave you with this (thanks for sharing Susan!):
Questions for you:
How do you maintain your waistline when you are injured? Please share your secrets!!!!
Am I the only one that has problems following instructions?
Do you stick to "the plan" or do you like to make your own adjustments?