We got two inches or so of snow this morning and when I let Jedi out to go potty that was the last thing on his mind. He seems to love playing in the snow so I went out to join him. Now two inches of snow doesn't sound like a lot, but when you are a chihuahua dachshund mix and your legs are only like two inches long, that is a hell of a lot of snow. Anyway I snapped this pic of him and had to share it because he looked so stinking cute.
I was excited to get to my PT appointment because I really wanted to get some new things to work on because the static stretches I have been doing three times a day, every day was getting a little old. Well I still have to continue the stretches, but got some new stuff to work on including yoga. Yep that's right I said yoga. I will give this yoga the old college try, especially because if I do I can skip two of my stretching sessions. Today she also gave me a variation of a single leg squat to build strength and promote good running form. Basically I do a single leg squat on an elevated platform and swing the opposite leg in a running motion. It was quite difficult at first, but I was getting the hang of it by the end.
Since this week we concentrated mostly on my running form to try and correct my issues that have been adding to my IT Band related pain, Alisha had me on the treadmill for most of the session. While working on my cadence, she noticed that my left leg form seemed to be really good, but the right leg, the problem leg, isn't extending enough in the push off and isn't bending enough when I bring it back forward. This is causing my leg to kind of swing out to the side to help clear the ground. She had me get off the treadmill and do a few static movements that will aid in the muscle memory for proper form. My form improved quite a bit after just a few minutes of drills. Alisha then had me hop back on the treadmill and try it again. It is amazing how much better you feel when you are running with proper form.
We finished with all the running drills, I cooled down and we talked about a few thing and scheduled my next appointment. When we were all done with this session I hoped on the treadmill and banged out another 2.5 mile run, since I hadn't run since Sunday. I concentrated on my form trying to keep my right leg in the proper position. Now this may be due to being on the treadmill versus the road and after my therapy treatment, but I managed to only get a small amount of light tightness and pain for a short time around two and a quarter miles in. I don't want to get my hopes up to much yet, but I came away from today's visit and run feeling very optimistic. I would say I am right on track for starting my training for the Owens Corning Half Marathon at the Glass City Marathon in April!
Since it is Wednesday I need to post my current weigh in to hold myself accountable. Sorry I skipped last weeks post, I just ran out of time.
1/21/15 official weigh in
Change: +1 lbs
Total loss from heaviest: 141.5 lbs
Current BMI: 27.6 (overweight)Change: +.1