Happy Friday…We Made It! One of my goals for this blog is to post more frequently and to participate in more link ups. So far I’ve definitely improved but I’ve really wanted to write some quality posts on Fridays.
So for the first time, I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta: Mar on The Run, Eat Pray Run DC, and You Signed Up for What?! for Friday Five! I’ll be writing about 5 things that are either going on in my life, interest me at the moment, or articles that I’ve enjoyed. I hope you like it!
The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb is taking place on Saturday, March 29 at 2 Logan Square, one of the tallest buildings in Philadelphia. There are 50 flights, equivalent to 1,088 steps, to climb, and I’m signed up!
Happy New Year! It is finally 2014! I have been looking forward to the beginning of a new year for quite some time, and now that it’s here…what do I do?? We spent the last few hours of the year at a house party with friends, lots of tasty snacks and adult beverages.
Heading to the NYE house party! Happy New Year!
I’ve really enjoyed reading so many other bloggers’ recaps of 2013 and their resolutions for 2014. I’ve already written my recap of 2013, and I’ve shared my general running goals moving forward, but what are my New Year’s Resolutions?
I’m so glad I can finally take the time to give a proper update on the past month! I didn’t write about my latest runs because there haven’t been any. The last time I’ve run was on Sunday, September 8, at the Heroes Run 5K, which I discuss in a previous post. During that run I felt some very unpleasant pain in my left (non-stress fractured) foot and it scared me. Immediately, I set an appointment with my Sports Medicine doctor. He did a few tests indicating that I still have those weak hips, particularly on the right side, though I am clearly stronger than in February. He did some squeezing on my metatarsals and the 3rd bone in my left foot felt pretty sore…yikes! He didn’t seem concerned that I got a new stress fracture but ordered X-rays just in case and wrote a prescription for Physical Therapy for plantar fasciitis and gait training. So now I’m back at Novacare!
It’s kind of sad to state that this is my 3rd time going through physical therapy. The first time was summer 2012 after being concerned about my chronic knee pain, or “Runner’s Knee”. I learned some exercises but my therapist didn’t do much for me. It didn’t make it difficult to try a different office when I had my stress fracture in February of this year, and that was a much better experience, though I constantly saw different therapists each time due to my inflexible schedule (grad school and PT four days a week total).
But this time, we’re doing things differently and I’m very confident in the plan. Once again, Kim is my PT, but this time I’ve been working almost exclusively with her. At my first session, my measurements were taken to determine my flexibility and I took a series of very bizarre balancing tests to determine my functional movement.
Since then I have been working SO hard. Here is a summary of the exercises that I do at Physical Therapy 3 times a week:
Opposite arm/opposite leg lifts with Theraband, 30 times each side
30 mountain climbers on a stair stepper
25-second slant board stretch, 10 times each side
5 second modified single legged bridges 30 times each side
15-second planks on giant exercise ball, 10 times
30-second planks, 5 times (just added)
Theraband hip stretches, 10 times each side (just added)
A couple other core exercises with Therabands (one standing and one on the floor) that I can’t really describe
Last Friday was the “mid-point” of my PT. Kim took new measurements and it seems that I’m improving, so yay! Focusing on strengthening my core has been key, and will hopefully prepare me for when I return to running!
Oh yeah, I guess that Runner’s World 10K on Saturday is a no-go….10K races seem to be the bane of my existence! Another 40 bucks wasted, but oh well…
Wish me luck as I keep pushing…I will never give up!