Still struggling with muscle and tendons issues, I am now able to log some miles. Not too long or far. But better than nothing. I am still having Physical Therapy and now even using KT tape. I prefer not to detail for how much I spend on recovery tools, it could covert pay off the debt of several countries.
What was (and is still) the plan to go back to recovery? Well, pretty simple:
- Stop running at all. I replaced running with bicycle, elliptical and swimming. I maintain at least 1 to 2 hours of physical activity.
- When I was feeling I was doing too much damage, I switched to another activity. In the beginning, even standing was painful, so, it was a challenge to exercise without (too much) pain
- One week after the initial injury, I went to the doctor to get medical advice to see if anything was broken. I then attended PT. Of course, PT exercises do not account in the training time. Do your homework: workout + PT
- After a week of PT (and about 3 weeks to one month after the initial injury), I started running again. It feels good to be out but was horribly painful. At some point, you have to suck it up. And keep running: this is what is going to happen on long races.
If there is a single rule that can summarize this plan, it would be: stay smartly outside of your comfort zone.
Of course, over the last weeks, I have read a lot of
bullshit interesting articles about injury and recovery. Two great articles are definitively worth reading: The Remodel Project and the Economics of Injury Recovery.
So, definitively not healed. But on the road to get ready for the coming challenges.
Ready or not, I will be there.