Straight chillin’, but not by choice of course. I saw a doctor and a physical therapist a couple days ago. They were pretty encouraging about my outlook. My PT got me on a strict exercise and stretching regimen that is helping keep my legs nimble, and strengthening my glutes/quads so that I don’t have any recurring injuries. Im also rolling out my ITB 2-3 times a day. It hurts like hell but its a good pain.
In about a week Ill go back and see him to check on progress. I have already gotten back good mobility. I feel like I’m walking back at about 85% strength now, which is a sharp improvement from a couple of days ago (I couldn’t bend my knee). When I do get back on the trail I’ll be limiting my distance to 10 miles or less each day for the first 5 or 6 days - just to be extra cautious. Until then, I want to slowly ease into some short day hikes with no weight.
I’ve learned more about tendons, joints, and leg muscles in the past week than I every knew prior - which is kind of crazy! But now that I understand what the specific issue is, and what will resolve it I’m staying focused, low-key, positive, and using this opportunity to really get in tune with my body. The constant stretching also just feels good once it’s over with (i hate stretching).
There is a silver lining in being forced to rest and recover. I’m exercising several times throughout the day and running around with much more ease. I haven’t drank alcohol since before I started the trail which is creating a regular sleep schedule and more clarity for me.
My dad really needed an extra set of hands to finish up some projects at the house, and I provide excellent free labor so its a win-win. I get to see my dog more. And I got to see my little cousin’s new son (I thought I wouldn’t see the baby until October of this year). Everything is in flux right now, but I think the time off has done me a lot of good. I’ll take each day as it comes and hope that I am able to get back on the trial in the next couple of weeks. The homies have been INCREDIBLE with support and encouragement, which makes getting back out there a little easier.