Today, while walking through my parking lot, I realized something – I wasn’t limping. I had kind of become used to the slight limp caused my my hip flexor issues, so I was happy when I noticed that I was walking without a limp. That’s not to say I won’t limp again before I am fully recovered, but I consider this progress.

Physical therapy is going well. I have been to five sessions so far. Each time starts with about 15-20 minutes with a heating pad (my favorite part – it’s relaxing, and the heat feels good), then I go through my daily stretches, for about another 20 minutes. Then I head to the Pilates machine. The first two times I did about 10 minutes worth of exercises, and the last time I added a few minutes of new stretches. After Pilates is massage (not as relaxing as you’d think; actually can be painful, but in a “hurts so good” kind of way) and then the PT works on my alignment and stretching me out a bit more. The last thing is this weird patch thing. It looks kind of link a Band-aid but with a battery attached. They turn it on for 3 minutes, then take the battery off and you leave the patch on for another 2 hours. During the time the battery is on, it feels kind of like little pin-pricks, slightly painful but not too bad. It has medicine on it that is concentrated on the injury – so for me, the patch goes on my left hip.

I have “homework” in between PT sessions, a series of stretches I do every day (the same ones I do at the beginning of each PT session). I do about 20 minutes in the morning and then repeat a couple at night, another 10 minutes or so. If I’m feeling sore I ice and/or take ibuprofen. I’ve been going to PT twice per week, with another 3 weeks to go, and I feel like I am making progress.

At the last session I asked what causes my alignment to go out of whack (it was really off last time). The PT explained that it’s usually caused by weakness in the hips, abs, and lower back, and mentioned that she is going to show me some core exercises at an upcoming session, to help strengthen these weaknesses. We also discussed the car accident I had when I was 20, and how my lower back issues that resulted likely contribute to my alignment issues. Nothing I can do about that except work to strengthen my core.

I am feeling really positive about how things are going. I’m not running yet, which is frustrating, but I feel like I am making progress in the right direction. Today I bought my runner’s log for this year, and I hope to be able to use it soon.

In other news, I’ve been cooking a lot and I love it. Over break (I was off the week between Christmas and New Year’s), I experimented with a few recipes – scalloped potatoes and kale (delicious!), cauliflower and ricotta casserole (good – not great, but tasty), and homemade ravioli. J got me a mandolin for Christmas, so slicing the potatoes was super easy, and as I mentioned in a previous post, my parents got us a pasta roller. I plan to experiment with making different pastas – it also has fettuccine and spaghetti cutter attachments – and try making my own whole wheat and spinach pastas. The next time I need to carbo-load, it will hopefully all be homemade!

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