Wooo good update this month. Â
What’s Going On?
Recovery continues to kick major ass. Â I still have to watch what I do (or, more accurately, how much of it I do), but my activity level is now at a “really lazy person” level instead of “90 year old woman” level.
What I Can Do:
I’m still at the point where I can do activities about every third day (i.e. 2 days of rest after any activity). Â I feel tantalizingly close to upping that to every other day. Â Maybe next month!
- Doing Couch to 5K, on average once a week. Â This makes for slow progress (you’re “supposed” to do three runs a week) but it’s still progress!
- I’m doing 20-second planks every night. Â When I first started, about two weeks ago, I had a really hard time. Â I would shake so badly after about 15 seconds that I could barely hold myself up. Â Now I can do the whole 20 seconds with marginal discomfort. Â I’m thinking of upping my time to 30 seconds this week.
- Personal trainer!! I’ve started with Melinda, a personal trainer who works at the Apple Fitness Center. Â We’re going to meet for an hour once per week and work on strengthening my back muscles (and just shake the rust off of my body in general). Â Our first session was last Thursday and it went really well. Â I was a little sore afterwards, but no big flare-ups! We’re doing bodyweight stuff only: mostly dynamic stretches like walking lunges with some light push/pull/squat work added in.
Still no public skating this month. Â Like last month, this was due to scheduling difficulties more than my ability or lack thereof. Â Right now my plan is to focus on the motorcycle until it starts raining; I’ll switch my focus to skating over the winter.
I rode the red Ninja for 24 miles over the weekend (as mentioned in my previous blog post). Â I really didn’t have any trouble with it; my back got a little sore in one hilly residential area that was slow and twisty, but that’s just re-training the muscles.
What I Can’t Do:
I’m still trying not to carry much. Â I carried cats one at a time from the car into the vet’s for their annual checkups, which made me a little sore, but no flare-up. Â That’s definitely the limit of what I can carry.
No added weights while working out (i.e. bodyweight only).
What I’m Doing About It:
All the stuff under “exercise” listed above — as my back muscles strengthen, a lot of my remaining issues should hopefully lessen/go away.
I get massage therapy at least every two weeks. Â People seem jealous about this. Â These aren’t spa massages! Â I usually cry at least once per session. Â It hurts like crazy….but it really helps loosen up the fascia and knots in the muscles.
Warm baths with epsom salts help sometimes. Â About a half of a glass of wine almost always helps.
I do a lot of self-massage with tennis balls, trying to break up the trigger points that have formed in my back.
Still sitting a lot in the Relax The Back zero gravity recliner. Â I’m starting to sit too much in my desk chair at home, which makes my back sore. Â Must sit in lazy person recliner more.