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Oct 30

Five Things I Learned After 3 Rounds of Physical Therapy

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | fitness , injury prevention

As I wind down into my final couple of weeks of Physical Therapy I’ve started to reflect on how much time and energy I’ve spent rehabbing my body in the past 15(!) months.  MY PT timeline:

  • Round 1: July – August 2012.  Was diagnosed with “Runner’s Knee” after experiencing awful knee pain during an intense few months of training and racing.
  • Round 2: March – May 2013.  Developed a stress fracture in my right foot after changing my running gait and shoes to “improve” my form.
  • Round 3: September – November 2013.  Developed plantar fasciitis after slowly starting back running in new shoes and freaked out after feeling foot pain after a 5K.

So here are the Top Five Physical Therapy Tips I’ve learned after all of my experiences…

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Aug 09

AM Yoga…a Great Treat On a Day Off

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | fitness

It’s my day off and I am sooo happy about it.  This week has been super hectic, not just at work but at home as well with doing so many errands almost every day.  While I have great work schedule, I truly relish my days off and try to make the most of them, even if I do nothing at all.

Two weeks ago on my day off I went to barre class, which was my first attempt in several months since the stress fracture.  While I had some challenges, it went really well.  This time, I decided to go to 9:30 am yoga.

Before anyone gets any wrong ideas, I must confess that I am a yoga newbie in every sense of the word.  I only really know the poses that most fitness classes save for the end of the workout (downward dog, child’s pose and the like).  I wanted to take yoga to increase strength and flexibility and to reduce stress!     

I bought a Livingsocial for Raja Yoga that had 10 visits for $25. An absolute steal!  The first time I went it was scorching hot and completely packed.  This was hatha yoga, not bikram!  It’s not a big place either…but it was really relaxing and I was surprised that I was able to do most of the moves.

This time, which is actually my 2nd time, the vibe was really different.  The regular instructor/owner wasn’t there, and only four of us wanted to get our yoga on.  I was nervous since the last time I went was maybe back in May or June, and it was much harder for me to keep my mind “present”.  I kept thinking about my weekend plans or about how loud the man next to me was breathing.  

But things improved as I went along and John was able to tweak me here and there to get into the poses.  I really enjoyed myself and I always notice myself much calmer when I leave than when I come into the studio.  I do feel a bit of pain in my left knee probably from that pigeon pose…but I feel great!

What kind of workouts do you do on your day off?  Or do you use it as a rest day?  I’m actually thinking about running or doing some kind of cardio later tonight…I haven’t run since Monday and I’m getting a little anxious.

Happy Friday!

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