Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Running Update & Plans For December Fitness

I've hinted about some leg issues since NYC and I finally had my first physio appointment today. It's taken me over a month to get there with traveling, a sick boy, and just life! Basically, I've still been working out but majorly cut back on my running. Lately, once I hit the 1.5 mile mark, my left leg starts to tighten up. I've only run about 10 times since NYC (and that includes three races.)

My Physiotherapist is Dr. Bruce Stewart at Fit Physiotherapy and I've been going to him for about a year now. He's the best!

First, this morning, he did an assessment and determined there is no serious damage (tears, strains, fractures etc) which was GREAT! He did tell me my IT Band is a little tight on both legs (story of my life.) Reminder: I need to schedule another sports massage asap!

After some massage work, ultrasound work (to loosen things up) he hooked me up to the TENS machine. a TENS machine. The machine has wires, which are then attached to sticky pads and stuck to the skin. Electrical pulses are then transmitted to the body, like little electric shocks. It helps loosen muscles pain-free.

I have used it a few times and swear it helps! I was hooked up to it for about 15 minutes and got to control the intensity myself.


Basically, Dr. Stewart says my body just needs time to recovery from three races in two weeks and months of hard training leading up to my first marathon. 

He wants me to continue cross-training (lots of spin, weight lifting, barre etc) and the occasional (short) run. Right now, I'm scheduled for a weekly spin class, total barre (alternating weeks) and weekly Body Pump class right through the end of January.

He's confident I'll be able to start training for my next marathon in January! That makes me happy!

I'm extremely jealous I'm not able to take advantage of some mild-temperature long runs right now but focused on healing myself for a lifetime of running.

Do you go to Physio or, for sports massages?
What's the last running injury you've had? 

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