After my follow up visit today it is looking like the final injury decision is sciatic nerve issues for sure. I talked to one of the physical therapists who is about my age, super nice, and also really athletic so she understands how much this is killing me. I was going to ask for a referral out to a specialized sports med PT, but liked her a lot and want to give her a try and then go somewhere else if it doesn’t seem to be working out.
Her suggestion is sessions 2-3 times a week and her super sweet admin assistant is calling me tomorrow after double checking with insurance to make sure I’m covered and exactly how much I’ll have to pay for each visit (nice that she is doing that).
I’m banned from high impact activity which means NO RUNNING. My heart broke a bit. Being a runner is so much a part of who I am. It is my stress relief, my favorite form of exercise, an excuse to get out and active, and also a big self confidence boost. However, I am reminding myself this is only temporary and that I will be a runner forever. (A good blog buddy reminded me of that!)
However, luckily I am allowed to walk, bike, and swim. Maybe I need to find a pool that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg. Plus track down a suit I can swim in. (Can you pretend you’re in the Olympics and do flip turns when you are supposed to be using swimming as a recovery?) She said she will talk to me more about exercising on our first actual visit and that we will monitor and adjust if light exercise is hurting and not helping as I continue to see her. She also explained that unfortunately this is a harder condition to treat and will take a while, but that if I stick with PT for a few months and do the exercises/activities at home I should feel much, much better – I could even expect relief in as soon as a few weeks or a month.
*On average 1 hour running = 6 miles = 650-750 calories
*On average 1 hour walking = 3 miles = 225-270 calories
*That will make losing these last 10 pounds much harder.
*I just deferred my Marine Corp Marathon entry… this is really hard. I have been planning on running this race for over 6 months and it is crushing to have to make this decision. I’m a little in the dumps, but feeling better about it because I know I am doing what is right for my body.
*I am adding even more to a crazy busy schedule. Trying to wrap my head around my weeks.
Glass Half Full Abby:
*At least I can still do something active, even if it is low impact, so I don’t go stir crazy.
*I am happy that I am finally doing something to help my body.
*I have the best friends EVER! No seriously! Yours might be cool, but mine are better. Truth. Both T (my marathon training partner) and C (my walk, talk, & eat healthy buddy) have already called me to see how I am doing and to schedule walks with me later this week and this weekend so I won’t have to be bummed about not running. Amazing people!
Have you ever done PT? What should I expect?
Have you ever had to drop out of or defer a race? (If so, please lie and tell me what a smart decision you made by doing what is best for your body.)