I had seen a different physical therapist in the past and though I liked him personally, he never seemed to give me enough information about why I was having problems. That left me trying a lot of different things but not having a clear direction on how to make myself better. I tried everything from minimalist shoes/barefoot running (not great for the kind of body I have -- most successful barefoot runners are skinny) to more confining, stability shoes. And finally I had given up, and used the orthotics that the podiatrist made for me in a very basic, neutral shoe.
This therapist thinks those orthotics are too rigid but that my shoes are not stable enough. My hips are also not strong enough, allowing my knees to buckle when I walk which is contributing to all the problems I've had. My guess is that all the sitting I have done while grading papers/goofing off has not helped either. I have some exercises to strengthen my hips, and I'm going to be seeing the therapist 1-2 times a week for a while.
I'm frustrated but I want to do what it takes to get better. Feeling sorry for myself is probably not part of that plan, though I did indulge a bit on Friday afternoon.
What did I manage to do this week, with all that going on? Not as much as I would like:
Monday: 30 minutes walking
Tuesday: Nothing, saw the sports medicine doc
Wednesday: Bicycled to campus and back (20 minutes), walked (20 minutes), and did therapy exercises
Thursday: Just did therapy exercises
Friday: Therapy exercises, walked 20 minutes
Saturday: Biked for 45 minutes, walked 30 minutes
Sunday: Skipped swim because it hurt so much last week, did some therapy exercises in the pool.
I'm feeling just a little hopeful that things can get better, but I am worried that I'll lose another summer of really active training.