Last week I emerged from the shadows to admit that my injury had gotten the best of me. From the get-go, many of you encouraged me to seek medical help, a chiro, massage, etc., but I ignored it. I know, I am stubborn and you were right (thank you by the way)…
I didn’t ignore your advice because I didn’t believe your opinions, but I was BUSY. And, being the eternal optimist, I knew if I gave it time, I’d be fine. After months of pain and life finally slowing down a tiny bit, I bit the bullet and went to a sports chiropractor and physical therapist last Wednesday.
He told me a bit of what I knew, and also diagnosed my shoulder injury, which had frankly stumped me. He cracked the hell out of my back and I thought he was trying assassinate me when he cracked my neck (I am still not over that). I had a printed out sheet with a diagnosis (rolled-in shoulders – this is not the right terminology, but the essence). Since I was there, I also asked him to check out my wicked tight hamstrings. Diagnosis = week glutes.
It was a HUGE break through.
Not because of the diagnosis, but it was a kick in the pants. I’ve been living in dull pain for months and now I am totally devoted to fixing it. I’ve religiously done my PT exercises and have started doing my pilates again. I used to be religious about it. I was flexible and in seriously great shape. But as my mileage increased (with my hours at work), I kicked pilates to the curb. But we all know core strength is key.
I did it twice this weekend and it was so hard. And I realize how inflexible I am compared to Mint 5-6 years ago. The fire has been lit though, and I am committed to getting back into great shape (and losing 8-10 lbs). I plan to have low mileage through the end of December, but I will be in sick shape by then hopefully. Stay tuned.
R: PT exercises
F: PT exercises
Sa: 5 miles easy in the COLD (15 degrees); buns/thighs pilates and PT
Su: PT; advanced pilates