I was injured for a long time, so I went to physical therapy. It was good. I learned stuff.
Then, 8 weeks and 7 sessions later, I had learned stuff but not really healed at all.
Then I noticed that my credit card was maxxed out from charging the physical therapy visits.
So I decided to stop going.
Then, last Saturday, I decided to run in spite of my injury.
This is how it made me feel:
Saturday, 9/22 – 4 miles of cavorting with the Hash
Sunday, 9/23 – rested, nervous about yesterday’s 4 miles
Monday 9/24 – took a slow 2 mile jog (about 11:00 pace)
Tuesday 9/25 – rested
Wednesday 9/26 – 5 miles with the hash (too fast-my knee hurt)
Thursday, 9/27 – Worked, no running
Friday 9/28 – Sick! Ran anyway, 3 miles 10:00 pace
Saturday 9/29 – 6.77 miles at about 10:30 pace
Sunday 9/30 – 1.5 miles 10:00 pace
The main difference? I had changed my form to run more forward, on my toes. On the advice of my Physical Therapist I’m now back to running with the stride that came naturally to me, further back on my midfoot.
The PT never told me to start running again, but I feel that my mental health is at an impasse and will decline rapidly if I don’t. I also think I’m at a place in my therapy where I’ve worked out almost all the tightness in my quads and ITB, which my PT said were the main contributors to the problem. This new/old foot strike pattern is also definitely one of the big keys here, and as long as I remember to relax and strike back farther the knee pain stops altogether.
What do you think? Is this a bad idea?