Physical Therapy!

What do you do when you feel yourself about to have a breakdown? Asking for a friend!

Yesterday was the second day in a row that I didn’t get home until after 8pm, and today will be the third day in a row that I don’t get home until after 8pm. Monday was just because I stayed at work late, but yesterday and today will be due to physical therapy.

I really like my physical therapist. He’s around my age, chatty and definitely gives me things to do that I can feel make a difference. Yesterday I started with a few minutes on the stationary bike just to get warmed up and then moved into my more specific exercises.

I do a lot of ankle strengthening exercises with resistance bands, balance stuff with an uneven board and a ton of different calf stretching exercises. Also some bodyweight squats.

Yesterday the most interesting thing I did was calf stretches on the leg press @ 70lbs. You can see pics and a video of what that move looks like here.Β I think today we’re going to add more weight!

The toughest thing I do is trying to hold my balance for 60 seconds on an uneven board. I honestly had crappy balance before surgery but now it’s even worse. It’s amazing how fast the muscles atrophy. My PT was telling me it really starts happening within a week. I believe it becomes sometimes I lose my balance now when I’m standing still! lol (I mean it’s not funny but it’s a little funny).

Overall I am really enjoying physical therapy but I wish I didn’t have to go at 7pm after work because … zzzZZzzzzZzz. I sometimes wish I had this cat’s life.

Honestly isn’t he precious? Legs crossed, belly out, totally nude, catching some Z’s. I aspire to be as comfortable and confident as Cecil. Which BTW I got the best comment on one of my YouTube videos yesterday!

Shoutout to Nathaneal because that comment made my day. And also, SAME. Cecil is a good boy! πŸ™‚

Honestly though, what’s one simple thing you do to de-stress?
(Besides running since I can’t do that yet… but soon!)Β 

10 comments

  1. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Girl, PT is such a time suck! I am sorry! How long do you think you will have to do it? Remember last May I had to do PT and I would go in the morning before work and I had to get up at 4:30 because I had piano lessons after school? BUSY WOMEN DON’T HAVE TIME FOR REHAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But of course we tell ourselves no matter how much it sucks, it will be worth it when we can RUN. This will all be worth it!
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  2. Heather [is probably running]

    Cat life is best life. If reincarnation ends up being a thing, please let me come back as a well loved house cat.

    Sorry you are feeling stressed. My healthy ways of coping with stress are running and yoga (sometimes even just a quick guided meditation video on youtube, let me know if you want recommendations). My less healthy way of coping is retail therapy.
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  3. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    Unfortunately, when I’m stressed I just ramble on about how stressed I am, so everyone has to suffer through it too! πŸ™‚ But just getting it off my chest is a relief for me, as well as being active in some way.
    I’m with you on that 7pm appt time – PT does take up a lot of time, but it will pay off!
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  4. Hanna

    I feel you. I have felt stressed lately too.

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my favorite way to destress is reading. It gets me out of my own head. Picking up a book and getting lost in someone else’s world has been so theraputic for me lately – once I put the book down and get back to my life, I realize a calm has come over me and my racing thoughts from 30 minutes ago feel miles away. Reading, more than anything else, really mimics the effects of meditation for me.

  5. cheryl

    On hear you on “both sides” of the PT comments. I went back to work at a PT clinic about 5 weeks ago…
    Here’s to a quick recovery!
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  6. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Its so hard to fit in PT when work is busy! I get so stressed when I have chiro appointments and those aren’t even that long. PT really takes up alot of time. But it will be worth it when you are back to running!
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  7. Karen Bayne

    PT is hard to fit into an already busy schedule, and that is really late to getting home. I have done a few stints in PT and it cost me a ton of money and time stress, it is hard to add more things into a work day.
    It makes me so sad to think muscles atrophy that fast….big sigh.
    I am glad you are doing it though πŸ™‚ This will give the best possible return to running.

  8. Jen @ Lesser-Known Runners

    Sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed! It’s great that you’re doing PT and taking care of yourself, but I’m sure it’s hard to juggle it all. It’ll all be worth it when you’re back to running and stronger than ever!

  9. Susan

    Yay for getting back into PT. You are well on your way. To de-stress I take a bath. Just like 15 minutes but it’s enough to relax and wash off the day. I probably take a bath like 3-4 nights per week while Rick cooks dinner πŸ™‚ I love it!

  10. Eddie Canales

    Hi, really physical therapy is the best to overcome the stress. I also suffered from stress and got the help from my physical therapist to get rid of it. So thanks and keep sharing.

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