So, I had my first session at the PT yesterday. It seemed to go well. He said I have a partial tear of my abductor muscle in my left leg. He noticed that my left pelvis is slightly twisted forward and I don't have the same range of motion in my left knee as my right. Between the two, it puts extra pressure on the muscles between my pelvis and knee and that's what caused the tear. After about 10 minutes of stretching he looked at it again and *voila!* the pelvis was fine! So, pretty much, if I had been stretching before runs (I would always slow run to warm-up) it probably would not have happened. So, I plan on walking 1/4 before each run and then stretching lightly before the actual run itself.
I also did my first session of at home exercises as well! Tomorrow is my next appointment. I get to try out the elliptical trainer to see how my abductor will hold up. I'm also going to ask about light bike riding as well. Of course that'll mean I'd have to put my bike back together. Well, it has been sitting on the floor of the basement, nice and clean, in several different pieces (I took it apart, cleaned it, and never put it back together...).
So, I have begun my journey back to running!
Oh yeah, he didn't sound to optimistic about a 50k in May. I would have a long way to go to get back to that point and I don't want to rush this. I'm ok with that, though! My two main focuses for this year are pacing Jay (at Let's Run Homey) at Leadville in August and then the Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler in October.
Enjoy your runs!!