>> Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lindsey, my physical therapist, thinks I'm special.
And not in a good way.
When I saw her for the 3rd time this past Monday, we started looking at my leg length. When I stand up, my legs are perfectly even. My pelvis is in perfect alignment and everything is "square."
However, when I lay down, my left leg is a full 1 inch longer than my right. Lindsey has NEVER seen anything like that. Great. Glad to be your first, Lindsey. ;)
She gave me one more exercise to help "place" my femur into my pelvis more correctly. (Or at least that's how I understood it.) She warned me that this would be worse (meaning "more embarrassing to do in public") than the "Suzanne Somers" exercise she gave me 2 weeks ago. It looks like this:
The best part of that new exercise? Well, that'd have to be the fact that the only ball I have that is about that size was one I bought a few years ago to use when I play with my cousins during the holidays. And that ball looks like this:
But I'll do whatever Lindsey says because my running is progressing nearly pain-free!! If you'll remember, I "tested" it 2 weeks ago with a little speed on the treadmill. Last week, I took it easy (so I wouldn't over-do anything), and I tried my first outdoor run in a long time. This week, I've already had 2 runs that felt great during the run AND there was no achyness the next day!
On Monday, I did a treadmill tempo run. I warmed up for 1 mile, and then I moved straight into 4 miles at 10.0 mph (or 6:00 / mile). Around mile 1.5 of the tempo, I didn't know if I could hold it (but my heel was feeling fine). I ended up doing the 4 tempo miles in 5:59, 5:59, 5:59, and 5:51 (bumped it up to 10.5 mph [5:42 / mile] for the last 0.5 mile). That was 23:51 total for those 4 miles. I forgot to bring a "good" running shirt to the Y, so my cotton shirt was a little sweaty when I got done:
With both of those runs, there was a little heel ache around mile 1.5, but that went away quickly and never returned. (It was like a 0.5-1.0 on a 1-10 pain scale.)
Tomorrow afternoon, if the weather lets me, I hope to do that "Duathlon Workout" that I've done a few times in the past. It's the one where you set up your bike on a trainer at the track, and basically do 4 intervals of 10:00 on the bike followed by a 1 mile run with transitions as quick as possible. (The bike is 30 sec hard, 30 sec easy, repeated for 10 minutes each time [well, for 9:30 each time because you're supposed to skip the final "easy" 30 sec].) If it's raining, I might try doing it out of my garage and just run down the street. Whatever happens, I feel like I NEED to get in a solid brick workout, because the first multisport race of the year is in 9 days!! I hope it stops snowing by then. Sheesh.