A week out from my race and I feel pretty darn great. I’m actually really impressed with how well I recovered. I wasn’t overly sore after the race at all – something I was definitely worried about. A little soreness is expected and good, but I was worried that I would feel the weakness in my left side after the race, and I didn’t!
Some of this is, of course, due to smart recovery. I foam rolled. I stretched. I hit the sore spots with a massage ball. All the things I hate doing, I did them all.
But it’s also a sign of how well my labral tear rehab is going. My PT was so pleased that I have officially been released to PT every other week, soon going to “as needed.” That’s huge!
Now, it doesn’t mean I’m fixed. As I’ve said before, without surgery, this will never be fixed. But at this point, my PT exercises are pretty much routine. I don’t have to do them daily, but I try to, simply because it’s a given that I will miss a day here and there, so aiming for every day is just easier. Now that I’m in the habit, it doesn’t make sense to change. It’s not like I’m going to overdo it by doing 7 days instead of 4-5.
One unexpected benefit to the exercises – apparently my butt looks better in my tri shorts. Not what I was going for, but I’ll take it.
I’m also going to race again this summer! I was holding off on registering for anything because I wanted to see how Williamsburg went, not only with the race itself but also with the recovery. With two big gold stars there, it’s time to look forward.
So next up, I’m going to register for Giant Acorn Oly at the end of September. This was my first olympic distance race, and I love the location. It’s a much more challenging course, so I won’t be anywhere near as fast, but I should still be okay when it comes to the time cutoffs.
(I’m also tempted by Patriots Oly at the beginning of September, but haven’t decided on that one. I’m going on a two week vacation mid-August, and don’t know that leaping right from that to racing is the best plan.)
I do still need to work on increasing my run distance. After all, just because I did a 10k doesn’t mean I’m anywhere near ready for Army Ten Miler or Space Coast Half. But I’ll get there!