Slow Recovery

October 24th, 2008

It’s been three weeks since I started doing physical therapy for my legs. I started seeing improvements immediately, but soon realized that it will take something like 5-6 weeks at least in order to stop feeling the pain completely. Then I’ll be able to start running slowly.
For now I’m spending 1 to 1.5 hours a day stretching, strengthening, and massaging my hamstrings and calves. Needless to say, that’s way more time than I ever spent running. The good thing is that I’ll learn to do some of these exercises routinely, and hopefully prevent such injuries in the future. Because let’s face it - everyone would rather run than stretch and do silly exercises on the floor (while the dog is trying to disrupt you). But after having to do so much of them now, I think I’ll be able to get myself to do them a couple of times a week, especially knowing that they’d make me a healthier runner.
There are some other good things coming out of this whole injury fiasco. I now have more free time to support Crystal as needed in her training for the marathon - dog walking and other things would be a real mess if we both had to stick to a demanding marathon training schedule. Having gone to the pool 3-4 times a week has also made me a stronger swimmer, which will hopefully be useful in any future triathlons I do.

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