Starting Monday morning off with a workout is the best way to start off a new week. I especially knew I wanted to get a good sweat fest in this past Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday and all the extra food I have consumed.
After a warm up on the elliptical, I hoped on the treadmill in hopes of getting in a good run but sadly my knee started to hurt. And it continued to bother me as I went to work and walked around all morning.
I had an ART appointment scheduled at 11:30am and was happy when it finally rolled around because my knee was really bothering me. My appointment started with some basic exercises that I preform every time I go to see my progress. I could barely do the lunges without pain and so the Dr. started to work on my hamstring and then my hip. Finally he worked on my quad and suddenly the pain was gone. It was amazing. I went about the rest of my day basically pain free.
Tuesday morning I woke up pain free again which was a great feeling. I really wanted to try and get in a run before my next ART appointment on Wednesday (plus the Dr. said he wanted me to). After a long day of work, I finally had a chance to get out for a run. I was so excited because my knee felt good and also because I wanted to check out all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood.
I really enjoy running in December because of all the decorations. It really gets me into the holiday spirit to see Christmas lights all around. Plus we have Christmas lights on our house too!
The run went well, only minor discomfort and tightness in my knee which is a huge step from Monday's run. I have another appointment tomorrow which I am excited to hear about. Now I just have to foam roll my quad and do my hamstring strengthening exercises! It is just so surprising how one muscle can cause so much discomfort. I really hope that we have found the answer and I will be able to return to running full time and start planning for 2012.