Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ugly White Shtuff

I am in my third day of the PT exercises. When I woke yesterday, I was a little sore in my upper quads. This was a sure sign of where I am weak. I struggled to do anything that required lifting my legs, ie. dressing. In addition, I am can't believe how tight my right calf is in comparison to my left (same leg as knee issues... I sense a connection). Even after stretching both 3-4 times per day for the past few days, it is still extremely tight whenever I got to stretch it. As I look back prior to my appointment, I realize that I never really stretched my calves as well as I thought. Not as the doctor prescribes.

Yesterday I did a very short run and had no pain what-so-ever. I didn't want to go too far with my quads being a bit sore. So I biked a little afterwards. My PT said to try to stay away from running for a while, and if I need to do some cardio, try and get into the pool. Furthermore, he reminded me that I know the difference between good and bad pain, and to listen to my body. My number one priority right now is the strengthening exercises and everything else has been put to the side, especially for the first week or so. I want to be ready for more challenging exercises when I meet with my PT next week.

This afternoon I did my second round of strengthening exercises for the day, as well as my Yoga for Strong Knees video. I noticed that a lot of the exercises on the video were either the same or similar to the exercises my PT gave me. So, I didn't double up. I still don't know how impressed I am with the video because it doesn't consist of too many "moves/exercises". However, it really does a great job explaining the importance of strengthening the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, and calves.

The weather here has gone ugly again. Blizzard-like conditions. Don't ask me how much snow we've gotten, but it's enough to pile up on the roads and driveways. Enough to help you get stuck when turning onto a side street or into a driveway. With the wind, there are huge piles in some areas and none in others. I had to gun it to get into my driveway and garage. I am not going to attempt any snow removal until the wind dies down. I am sure my neighbor will beat me to the punch and blow my driveway for me anyways. Lucky me.

Sounds like a good night to stay in a watch a movie?!

Yesterday's Workout:
Run - 0.75 miles, 8:44, 11:38/mi. avg.
Bike - 7.22 miles, 20:00, 21.66mph

Today's workout:
Just my daily strengthening routine and Yoga for Strong Knees

20 comments:

Tri-Angle said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
So telling you that's it's severe clear and 78 here today would be kinda crappy of.....whoops, sorry..

Have a nice Day! ;)

Ms. Math said...

This is a never-ending winter! I'm so ready to see something other than white!

Danielle said...

Keep working hard. It's the way to get better.

I HATE this snow...delayed my friend coming to town an hour already.

I feel your pain about the not running too. :(

Badgergirl said...

I'm ready for winter to be over. We've had a mix of rain, sleet, ice and snow today, enough to keep me inside all day.

Nicole said...

Glad PT is working out for you! Keep up the good work. Stay warm.

Marlene said...

Keep up the PT and strengthening exercises. I hope you start to see some improvement soon!

In the meantime, stay indoors!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Enough with the snow already!

Best wishes with the exercises. :-)

Blyfinn said...

Sorry to hear about the white stuff. However I'm secretly glad it's not outside my window.

I Run for Fun said...

Oh no...and I thought spring was in sight!

Good job on the exercises.

Laurel said...

We are going to have 60 degree temps tomorrow, then freezing rain/snow for the next three days afterwards. Talk about a tease. I'm ready for spring.

JohnnyTri said...

yeah as Tri-Angle says.. its like 73* and sunny here.. sorry.. :)

hang in there with the strength exercises, there good. I have been doing some of mine and I can tell where the weaknesses are.

rockon`

IronGambit said...

Maybe your PT stole that video and uses it as her own!?

Wes said...

sounds like you are building a base, and a good one :-) Perfect timing considering the winter storms you are getting!

Jess said...

Sounds like PT was just what you needed! So glad to hear that run was pain free!

Carolina John said...

sounds like a good day! here's hoping for a pain free weekend.

Annette said...

Crazy weather! C'mon, it's almost March. Where's the sunshine? :)

Keep pluggin' along with those exercises. Sounds like they are helping! Yay!

D10 said...

I am ready for spring and we haven't even gotten any snow!

AKA Alice said...

More snow? GAH!

Glad the exercises are working for ya. I can't believe how important stretching, ice, and massage are...who knew?

Jess said...

I heard on NPR that ND and SD and MN were gitting hit with tons of snow! It especially sucks this time of year!

Michelle said...

You are going to heal just fine TW!!!

Your listening to your PT and what to do and that is most important!!!

Perhaps i should start to listen to what i am told huh???