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March 19, 2010

PT Eval and Nice Clothes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:34

Well I got back to school safe and sound last night.  There are surprisingly a lot of people on campus, although I suspect that many of them are seniors thesis-ing. It’s not T-9 weeks until G-day.  So even less actual school time because the week before is Senior week and 2 weeks before is finals.  So wait, I have only 7 weeks left?!

Moving on before I start to cry or something…

The nice weather continues to stay with us.  Mother nature must be wanting to get on the good side of us New Englanders after the monsoon over the weekend.  It hit 71* today as I was driving around on errands!!

Since I had my PT eval, as well as a PM informational interview, today I wanted to get a run in beforehand.  A run is always the best way to start the day.  Especially when it’s already mid-40s outside when you get up.  Holllleeeer! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the run as Fridays are technically recovery days but yesterday’s workout wasn’t “hard”.  At least GMP isn’t supposed to be as hard as tempo in my mind.  But with my body finding the workout challenging in the moment (and running for 60 minutes at 7:59 should be I guess for me, even though I want to keep that pace for 26.2 come April 19th. Sheesh haha) I had mixed feelings about what to expect.

I wanted today to be a little quicker than it was, even though I was running ~9:16s the whole time.  Amarathoner wrote about this idea yesterday, that as training goes on the question becomes when do you increase the “easy” or “recovery” pace.  I suppose the answer obviously lies within your own body and I should let mine dictate that.  But on the other hand, I read about elites who say that there is no such thing as too slow for a recovery run and routinely clock theirs in around 9 or 10 pace.

But the point is that I think I should stop being shocked at “pulling off” 9:15 or so recovery runs. The past 2 or so weeks this has been the norm.  Of course now that I say that this upcoming week is going to have my recovery runs be slower than molasses.  Such is life 🙂

Onto bigger and more exciting things.  I know you’re probably all dying to hear about how my PT session went.

I have the diagnosis (from the sports med doc on Monday) as periostitis, which is the inflammation of the connective tissue that surrounds bone.  My goal from PT is to reduce the swelling in my ankle so that I can get a better range of motion.

So today was just an evaluation so my PT (who is the PT I shadowed in the fall of ’08, so I already knew her) just did a battery of “tests”, like watching me walk, do squats, leg lifts, calf raisers etc. as well as taking measurements of my range of motion in my ankles, knees and hips. She gave me some calf stretches to do and then iced me down and I got e-stim.  I’ve had stim on my back before and it’s amazing.  Basically it’s electric pulses that break up the gunk in the area it’s applied to; the “buzzing” you feel is awesome.  Probably the best part of the session haha!

The consensus? That my problem cropped up NOT because of muscle imbalance but because I have incredibly tight joints in my ankle and knees and hips.

In one of the next sessions (because I scheduled about a half dozen or so) she wants to do a gait analysis because she thinks I’m a heel striker (I honestly couldn’t say myself as I’ve never paid attention to that before).  This would lead to my problem because when my foot strikes the ground my ankle can’t dorsalflex enough to properly absorb the shock, and neither can my other joints.  The muscles and tendons then absorb extra shock.  And when it can’t take anymore inflammation occurs.

Over the course of the next few weeks the goal is to reduce inflammation so I can be in tip-top shape to toe the line at Hopkington.  Right now when she was trying to bend my right (affected) ankle it would barely rotate.  Beyond that I’m going to want to keep working with her (as long as insurance will allow) to work on my biomechanics and possibly loosen up my joints a bit.  Not sure how much that is possible but looser joints will mean less stress is forced upon my muscles every step I run.

After my appointment I had to dash immediately off to an informational interview.  Not a job interview but a brainstorming session with an alum from my school who the career center thought would be beneficial to talk to. She’s not in the field I want (medicine) but she’s a manager at a company who consults with companies who want to market medical devices.  I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this meeting but it went well.  It was more like a conversation and she complimented me on my ability to stay calm and actually carry a conversation.  I’m glad that I looked like I wasn’t nervous because I totally was! I also dressed up all professional too which made me feel all amazing.  After a semester of living in gym / running clothes I’ve forgotten how nice it is to put on my “nice” clothes

Sorry for the blurriness! And that it's sideways haha!

As for tomorrow (which is the first official day of Spring!!!) I’m not quite sure what I’ll be tackling running wise.  According to my plan I have 15-19 to do.  For the first time all cycle I think I’m going to, not only be within the range, but on the low end.  I think I’ve tried to do it before but failed on it and am always on the upper end.  I have a 16.6 mile route that I think I’m going to tackle (it’s one big loop) but we’ll see.

Too bad the monsoon on last weekend couldn’t have been this weekend to keep my in check haha! The weather is suppose to be even nicer tomorrow than today. It’ll be all about the mental aspect of running and a huge challenge to stick with that number.  I’m okay if I go to 17 because it’s smack dab in the middle of the range but I’m hoping that I can just do that route and be satisfied.

Send some luck my way 🙂

Alright it’s pretty late to be blogging on a Friday night (although spring break = no concept of days of the week).  Since none of my friends are back yet I’m going to catch up on some television and READING.  Today when I was getting e-stim I was able to whip out the book I’m in the middle of and I realized how much I miss reading for FUN.  Stupid school work getting in the way 😉

Have a great Friday night y’all!!


  1. Glad your PT session went well. I am sure you will be back at 100% in no time!

    Comment by Matt — March 19, 2010 @ 19:42

  2. PT sounds awesome! i think that’s a smart move.

    ohhh i yearn for spring break . . . sounds dreamy. i think i’ll pretend my vaca in may is ‘spring break’!

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — March 19, 2010 @ 20:31

  3. Well your appointment was productive and somewhat successful! Hooray!

    Have a good night and run in the morning! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — March 19, 2010 @ 20:32

  4. Sounds like a really awesome set of PT sessions!

    Comment by Heather — March 19, 2010 @ 20:53

  5. Glad you hit up the PT today! Very nice. Thanks for the shout out. I’m still (and imagine I will continue) wrestling with the pace thing. The body will dictate what we can do.

    Comment by A Marathoner — March 19, 2010 @ 21:52

  6. Sounds like your PT is going to be doing great things with you! I’m so glad you’ll be able to start Boston 100%!!!!! Have a fab weekend.

    Comment by Rebecca — March 19, 2010 @ 22:17

  7. A buddy of mine had a TENS unit that a PT friend of his just gave him because he’d gotten a new one. He let me play around with it last fall when my achilles was giving me some issues and, as I remembered from years ago PT, it was magical.

    If you want a chuckle, google “e-stim” The responses are… interesting to say the least.

    Comment by runningmanz — March 19, 2010 @ 22:32

  8. Sounds like the PT session was good, I love understanding what’s caused any injuries or soreness, I always wish I could get mine checked out, even though I don’t think they’re ever anything major, just out of interst hah

    I love your cute outift too by the way!

    Comment by Laura — March 20, 2010 @ 05:34

  9. You are the second person within 24 hrs that I know to get that dx. Sounds like your PT will work wonders. Just continue to be smart (I know you will).

    Wow graduation day is right around the corner! 🙂

    Comment by Teamarcia — March 20, 2010 @ 10:21

  10. Glad the PT session went well. Good luck on your run this morning. First day of spring? We woke up to an inch of snow! Boooo.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 20, 2010 @ 10:59

  11. Lookin’ snazzy! The clothes kinda make you stand up a little straighter, huh? Ugh, and GOOD LUCK with insurance! I had a horrible time getting PT covered. That is an interesting diagnosis. Just…inflexibility? Or a skeletal thing? Can you actually increase flexibility in joints? Guess you’ll find out.

    Comment by sarah — March 20, 2010 @ 12:14

    • Agree 100% that clothes make you stand taller. I feel so good when I’m dressed nicer. And hopefully I can loosen up my joints! Or at least increase my ROM. I figure as long as I still have daddio’s insurance I might as well take advantage 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 20, 2010 @ 21:13

  12. Cute outfit! I feel the same way…after spending days in sweats I suddenly feel so polished in my jeans!

    And I feel you on the insurance. I had to stop seeing a PT because it was so expensive and my crappy insurance decided not to pay for it!

    Comment by Ameena — March 20, 2010 @ 12:54

    • I’m 99.99% sure that insurance will cover it I’m just not sure ow many sessions I get. I think 10-15 is standard for one rx. As I mentioned to someone else I’m going to take advantage on still being on my dad’s plan while I can!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 20, 2010 @ 21:15

  13. BTW – with 7 weeks to go until G, do you have a sense for what’s next? Grad school, jobbie, new locale, etc?

    Comment by a marathoner — March 20, 2010 @ 13:14

    • Very sore topic. No comment! I’m getting palpitations just thinking of answering the question. Maybe I’ll tackle that question when the future isn’t so scary ha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — March 20, 2010 @ 21:15

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