After 3+ months of being injured, semi-injured, mostly-not-injured-but-not-healed.... I finally caved and started physical therapy 2 weeks ago. It's hard to say how far I could have run without pain prior to PT.... and it's hard to say how much it has helped. But it doesn't seem to have hurt. Well, except for the occasional soreness from one of the guys digging into my calf with his elbow. Yes, his elbow. Ow. But it doesn't hurt to run.
Initially they had me keeping my runs to <10 miles - staying in what I felt was a "safe" zone. Of course, being that I was in PT, I started to push the boundaries a bit. I even managed a ~13mi trail run this past Saturday with a friend. And then followed that up with a 2hr bike and 1hr run on a rail trail on Sunday. Not too bad. And while it didn't hurt per se, I could still a couple times feel a slight twinge. But what does it mean? And why do I get random twinges when I am leaving the gym, or riding my bike, or just sitting? Who knows.
But since it doesn't hurt, except for one sore spot - probably from that elbow - the PT is saying he's about ready to kick me out. Kick me out?!? Say what?? But.... but.... I don't feel like I'm healed! Wait!! Before that happens, he's given me homework of sorts. Run longer than I have. Run 15 miles. And to evaluate if terrain has an effect or miles v. time, I should do two runs of 15 miles. One on road and one on trail. Before I see him on Friday after work.
So the leash has been let out a bit. And it might get taken off. If this goes well, I think he'll want to get me up to a 30 mile run in a few weeks. I'm guessing he has not heard of the 10% rule. And I'm not sure if I want to tell him or not. I haven't really followed it in a while. Of course, maybe that's what got me to where I am now. Damn. But if I do tell him.... then it may mean a much slower progression of building up. I guess I'm still holding onto the hope that I can do Mountain Madness 50k at the end of September and then Oil Creek 100M in mid October. Yea, I know, it's a stretch. But still.... I can dream.