What’s been happening?
So this week I was able to start running! This was a massive moment of progress and well ahead of schedule, after a pleading phone call to my physio telling him I thought I felt up to it. With his permission, I went for a few short jogs and felt pretty good. Surprisingly my hamstring was the weakest part of me and any running past 5km started to fatigue it pretty quickly. I have also begun riding my road bike and wasn’t surprised to find a massive depletion of my strength on hills, but it was good to be out there.
I saw my physio on Thursday with some enthusiasm and optimism that he was close to telling me I was ready to start running longer distances. I was brought back to earth pretty quickly though and it was explained to me that I have a significant amount of further rehab to rebuild the other muscles of the leg to make sure it recovers properly. Consequently I am restricted to 20km of running per week, which was a bit less than I thought I had dared to believe I might be allowed.
Aside from a bit of running and riding, I have continued my regime of 90-120 minutes a day on rehab and core strength exercises in the gym, which I have been basically doing since my leg improved enough to allow me to do it. After seeing the physio on Thursday, I am going to be doing a lot more road cycling (150km per week) and a bit less time in the gym. I will still be going to the gym every day, but my exercise routine in there will only go for an hour. It features a lot of squats, which surprisingly are not my favourite exercise.
Since the injury I have been on a self-imposed alcohol ban and have been deliberately eating a bit more than I think I need, to make sure I have plenty of fuel for rebuilding muscle fibres.
Running again, but pretty slow.
Able to ride my road bike.
Able to kneel pretty comfortably and take some load on the knee
Able to sleep comfortably with few difficulties from the leg
Unable to lock leg to full extension yet
Lesson of the week
Don’t get ahead of myself.
I am still meant to be wearing my leg brace according to initial diagnosis, so I have to be stoked with my progress. The disappointment I felt when I realised I was not quite as far along the recovery process as I thought, is very much of my own making for letting myself focus too far ahead.
On the subject of being ahead of schedule, my second lesson for the week is how much of a difference it makes if you take recovery seriously. Alcohol ban. Sleep and fastidiousness with exercise.
Until next week then,
So as mentioned elsewhere, having done myself a pretty significant injury recently, I feel I am making some really good progress towards being healthy and a number of people have said they enjoyed the previous article. While it seems that the word, 'inspiration,' now belongs to people who post nearly naked photos posing on instagram, I hope this page can continue to be helpful to others. I thought I would keep a bit of a weekly journal of my continued journey (I cringed a little bit as I typed that word, thinking of how often it is used by reality tv contestants), including the progress I am making week to week, the work I am doing towards said progress and my observations of how things are going.