Monday, January 23, 2012

Doctors make the WORST patients...

The training continues.  I ran 4.5 miles on Saturday, which was my longest run to date.  I felt great.  I honestly end every run with a smile.  Being told you will never run again certainly changes the way running feels.  The knee is feeling pretty good and I barely notice it during runs.  A few times over the holidays, I had minor swelling, but nothing a little ice and stretching couldn't take care of.  I also noticed that during those couple of weeks, I was missing my pilates class for various reasons.  I always do an hour of pilates following my Tuesday and Thursday runs, but had missed a few during the holidays.  As soon as I started up my classes again, I haven't noticed the little twinges in the knee.  Pilates is phenomenal for building core strength, but it is also great way to force yourself to stretch the hamstrings.  I know that for me personally, if my hamstrings become tight, I start to have increased knee pain.  I preach to my patients how important certain stretches are for their specific issues, but it wasn't until now that I realized I needed to start listening more to myself!  Sometimes, the worst patients are the doctors!