Thursday, August 22, 2013
Today was a PT appointment. The regular physical therapist was off, but the other PT from the practice is also very good. We talked about how my feet are doing, and how the run/walk intervals went.
The guidelines for getting back to running are fuzzy.
PT: I can't tell you for sure how much to do, because you live with your feet and I don't.
Me: You mean I have to find out how much is too much by making mistakes.
PT: That's about right.
Me: I'm getting pretty tired of that.
Whining aside, I got some qualitative discussion that edges me toward the next thing to try. It might not be 1 minute intervals, it might be too many of them. 10 cycles of run 1, walk 3 was clearly too much. Maybe 9 cycles was also too much, or maybe running again on one day's rest was too soon.
Should I try again this noon? The PT asked how my feet were after the workout at the appointment, which ended with single leg calf raises. Standing still, they felt neutral. Walking, I could feel a very small pain on the top of my left foot. Verdict: Wait a day or two.
So, that's the plan. No running today, because I worked the arches hard enough in PT. No running tomorrow, because it won't fit in my schedule very well. Saturday, check to see how the feet feel and what the weather forecast is like, then make a decision between trying intervals Saturday or Sunday.
And when I go back, strictly limit the first time to 6 cycles of run 1, walk 3. See how the feet react to that, and modify the followup if needed.
Next PT appointment is Tuesday. I should have one and only one session of run/walk intervals before then. At that appointment, I need to talk to the regular PT about how things went and what the go-forward plan is.
Also today, I got an email ad for a 5K on October 19. It's affordable. It's a Saturday, so I don't have to skip church. It's run by the same people who run the Thanksgiving Day 10K I really like. It's really, really attractive. And it's an opportunity for me to be patient. I should not register before I know I can run 5K without ill effects the next day, because there's no way I'm going to slack off in an organized race.
Patience. Maybe I'll be able to run 5K by the end of September, and register for this 5K before the price goes up for later decisions. And maybe I'll need to skip this one. There will be other races.
Patience, Kevin. Getting all the way better is more important that going back quickly.