Starting a long journey to getting better

Working on a form drill I just couldn’t seem to execute. It was until I watched the videos this still was grabbed from that I realized just how out of shape I am.

I heard the instructions and saw what I was supposed to do. Still, my stubborn brain wouldn’t send signal to my stubborn legs and I couldn’t figure out to to execute a simple drill that required me to scuff my foot along the floor. This drill to help me improve my running form made perfect sense to my eyes, but not the rest of my body.

I had my first physical therapy session to work on the issues in my left leg today and it was eye opening. My left calf/ankle/shin/everything issues appear to be caused by tightness in my right hip. That tightness likely is related to that injury I suffered training for the Chicago Marathon. I rehabbed that injury, but it has been a year and a half since I rehabbed it, and since I haven’t kept up rehabbing it, it is causing a bunch of other issues.

I won’t get too specific into everything I learned at physical therapy today because I am not smart enough to put it into words. Basically, I need treatment on my hip and my calf, I need to make some tweaks to my form (land with my weight under my body, not out in front), and I need to be consistent with stretching and rolling, drills and strength.

Honestly, my appointment this morning was pretty intense. I didn’t work very hard, but it was a lot to process. Not in a bad way, I understand everything we discussed and I wasn’t over burdened with things to do or think about. It’s overwhelming because it feels like there is a lot of work to do to get back to being the runner I want to be.

But, that is what I signed up for. I haven’t been doing the work I need to for a long time and that is a big part of the reason running has sucked so hard for the last year or so. It’s going to be a slow process, it’s going to take a lot of effort, it is probably going to suck sometimes. I know, and I have to remember, that it will definitely be worth it.

This is the start of Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim. Take 4. I have to rebuild my body (lose the 25-30 pounds I gained during pandemic/quarantine/work-from-home and regain the strength I lost) and I need to redesign my form (they are small tweaks, but I can tell already it is going to be difficult for me to implement them). Then, hopefully, I can reclaim the joy of running.

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