Guess what! I barely notice my strained LCL now…well, as long as I don’t ask anything of it beyond walking on flat ground and the occasional set of stairs. So, still a long way from 100%, but progress.
This week I finally scheduled a trip to sample some groundwater wells in eastern Montana. I’ve been trying to make this trip for several months, so even though it was last minute I was happy to juggle my schedule around to fit it in. This meant that all of Monday and Tuesday that I wasn’t teaching/grading was spent on trip preparations. I did my PT exercises one of those days, I think.
I moved my usual Wednesday PT appointment to Tuesday afternoon – I was glad all the therapist did at this appointment was manual therapy, because by that point in the day I much preferred laying on the table (bench? cot? what are those things?) to doing any exercises myself. In addition to working on my knee, the therapist worked on releasing my super tight hip flexors. I could tell a dramatic difference when I did my hip flexor stretches that night. Of course, then I sat in the car all day Wednesday and undid most of that release.
After driving all day Wednesday (4 hours there, 2 hours of driving around to wells, 4 hours back), I dropped the rental car keys in the slot at the rental car place…and then couldn’t find my own car keys anywhere. I assumed they must have been in the rental, so my husband picked me up and I biked back to the rental place the next morning. (I confess that PT had not cleared me for biking yet – but it was less than a mile.) My keys were nowhere to be found in the rental car either, but at least I had a spare. That night I checked my backpack one last time….and my keys were in this weird back pocket area that I never put anything in. But at least they were somewhere!
My Friday PT session marked the final round of scraping and ultrasound on my knee. The therapist added pulsing squats and single leg deadlifts to my PT exercises. These still irritate my knee a bit, so I’m aiming to do them every other dayish instead of daily. I’m also cleared for easy hiking (nothing steep), biking, and trying a hydrorunning class. So a little bit of everything except actual running.
Obviously, I had to take Kara hiking this weekend. We chose the dog park trails, where I hiked about 1.5 miles and Kara probably ran at least twice that. My knee did twinge a little on some of the steeper downhill sections, but for the most part it felt almost normal.
Any tips on hydrorunning? (I’ve tried it once and was not a fan.)
What’s the strangest place you’ve lost your keys?