First of all, I want to say thank you for all of the kind words and support I received in response to Monday's whine-fest.. I mean, blog. The comments, tweets and emails were so sweet - and believe me when I say that they were truly appreciated. It's a huge reminder that even though I may feel lonely, that I am far from alone.
What a difference a couple of days can make. I went to my physical therapist yesterday and she worked the hell out of my legs. We did lots of strength work and none of the massage work that I love but pretend to hate because it's actually pretty painful. Susana let me know that I'd probably be sore for a couple of days, and not to be alarmed. And then something happened.. I couldn't believe it! She looked at me and said, "I think you're ready to get back into running... SLOWLY."
How can that be? I'm still injured, right? I'm still in pain, correct? Yes, and yes. She doesn't think that tomorrow's MRI will show anything - but agrees that it's something I should do to ease my mind. In the case that it is indeed a Baker's cyst, she says we've still been doing the right things which are strength training and massage, which would help to break it up. Susana thinks that my injury is being caused by a bio mechanic imbalance - weak hamstrings and glutes along with very strong quads and the flattest feet you've ever seen - that is tweaking my knee. So I've been working on equaling out my leg muscles, along with some arch inserts for my running sneakers, and she thinks that this will alleviate a lot of the stress and pain. I guess only time will tell. I'm not good at being patient, but I really am trying here.
My PT homework assignment last night was to... RUN. I did 3 minutes of walking followed by 7 minutes of running - twice and then a cool down. It was a total of just over two miles in 21 minutes. It was also pouring rain the entire time I was out there but you know what? I loved every second. I almost cried at one point, because I was so happy and relieved to be running, even if it was for two short miles. The pain was still there - but it was more of a dull discomfort. Susana said that's ok - it's the sharp pains that we need to look out for. I felt awkward and tight when I first started, but by the end I felt loose and relaxed - and the pain had definitely eased up.
This morning I feel a big achy and sore - but between yesterday's PT work, the run, and my at-home exercises, I don't think it's anything to be alarmed about. Also, I think the pain is totally worth it if it can get me closer to being able to run again.
Wish me luck on tomorrow's MRI, you can be sure that I'll let you all know as soon as I have any information!