I left my ART appointment this morning and experienced a bit of anxiety as I said goodbye. My chiropractor is going on vacation for a week, so I won’t see her until next Thursday.
Her parting words were: “this week will be a good test of how things are going.” Eek! I am not sure how I feel about looking at it that way! The tightness is definitely decreasing in my calf muscles, and that should help with the hip injury. The adductors are “getting there.” I know the hip flexors can be really slow to heal and it’s only really been a few weeks, but sometimes it feels like an eternity! Meanwhile, I am just keeping the muscles moving and doing my strength training exercises.
The psoas is still pretty tight, but that was to be expected since I ran Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s kind of weird being on such reduced mileage, though I look forward to every two mile run with the excitement of a small child getting ready to open gifts on Christmas morning!
I am diligently stretching, foam rolling, and icing. I am also making sure I get a really good warm up in before running. Today I did the elliptical for 25 minutes before jumping on the dreadmill. One thing I am trying to do is not pay too much attention to the way I am running.
Those of you who have ever had a running injury know exactly what I am talking about. When one part of your body is injured, other parts start to compensate for the injury. This can really tweak your running form. As I have started running short distances, I am trying not to over-analyze my form and just zone out. Easier said than done! Today was a good day for zoning out, and I was able to just relax a bit and enjoying just moving.
Have you ever had to re-learn to run after an injury? Did you find that you subconsciously compensated for the injury by adjusting your stride?