I can run again!!!
At the advice of my coach, yesterday I went to see Dr Jesse Walden at Quest Performance Center. I highly encourage any runners in the KC Metro area to check this guy out. He's in Shawnee, KS and he's a chiropractor but also specializes in sports performance. He uses active release techniques as well as chiropractic. He spent a little over an hour with me and really worked on my left calf as well as my right knee, which I've been battling tendonitis with since October. He also said my IT band was over my quad, so he did some work to move it back into place. It was a little painful during the manipulation, but sooo worth it. I have no pain whatsoever in my knee today!
As for the calf, he spent a lot of time on it as well as my left foot and ankle. He advised that I go run on it for 20 minutes or so after my appointment, but to stop if the pain got worse or if I had shooting pain in it. It hurt a little, starting out, but I ran 2 miles of hills pretty easily and was so glad to be running again! I came home and did the stretches he showed me and I honestly don't feel that bad today. I'm still a little sore and achy, but I'm going back to see him again tomorrow and he said I should be fine to run the HM on Sunday - woohoo!!!!
So, after last night's quick 2 mile run, I ended up with 3 workouts for the day, LOL. Here they are:
Tuesday, April 14, 2009: 4 miles on elliptical, muscle conditioning, 2 mile run