Saturday, January 5, 2013

Injury update, and Boston Training - week 4 report

Temporary interruption to marathon training this week, due to minor injury.  Here's the good news:
  • If you're going to have an injury, this is the best time for it: early in the training season, with plenty of time to get back on track.
  • It does not look like a stress fracture, nor is it tendinitis. Prognosis is good for being back in full swing within a week or two, with help and special thanks to Hopkinton Physical Therapy.
Having to take time off from running, even temporarily, is very difficult; I still wake up at 5:15 a.m., and at that hour I'd much rather be heading out to run on scenic roads with others than sitting on the stationary bicycle at the gym for 2 hours and 15 minutes, like this morning.  

If you are ever in need of PT, I highly recommend Hopkinton Physical Therapy; they have extensive knowledge and experience, high ethical standards and a staff that works well together, are focused on understanding each individual's needs, and not only deliver relief for the immediate injury but also impart physiological wisdom to prevent recurrence.  I always leave learning something.

It turns out that putting my foot in the snow AFTER Tuesday's run was a good idea (picture below), but putting ice on my leg BEFORE Tuesday's run was a bad idea: 

With that, here's the training summary for this week: 
  • Monday: 9 miles (and made an appointment with Hopkinton Physical Therapy
  • Tuesday: 13.4 miles
  • Wednesday: 0 miles
  • Thursday: 0 miles. PT appointment. 
  • Friday: 0 miles. 
  • Saturday: 2 hours and 15 minutes indoors on the stationary bicycle
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to my marathon fundraising for Hopkinton Special Education Advisory Council. Your generosity inspires me. Read more and donate on my fundraising page!

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