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Adventures in Physical Therapy and Yoga - Geek Turned Athlete

Adventures in Physical Therapy and Yoga

Happy Halloween! Long time, no blog! What have I been up to lately? Well, no running, swimming, or cycling. The pain that I was feeling on the posterior side of my left leg ever since my recent Ironman lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. At the 3 month post Ironman mark, I sucked up my pride that I could heal this thing on my own and went to physical therapy. It is turning out to be one of the best things for me.

The first physical therapist that I went to see was a dud. Seriously. I looked around the room, and all I saw were regular sedentary people, and my physical therapist didn’t know what an Ironman was. I tried to be optimistic throughout the first meeting, but I just got a bad vibe. We were just not clicking, and I knew that I needed to find a physical therapist who was used to dealing with high performing, annoying, high strung, perfectionist athletes. I called around to some other clinics, and that is when Luis came into my life.

He quickly assessed that my sacrum was turned to the left causing the back of my left leg to get extremely tight and causing some muscle strains during my Ironman. Why was my sacrum out of whack? My abs and hips are weak. VERY weak.


I have been doing a lot of ab work and hip strengthing exercises. They are actually quite painful (in a good way).


I don’t know why I look sad in this picture! My abs were burning here. I was probably thinking of ways to kill Luis for making them hurt so bad! haha


He had me WALKING on the treadmill tightening my abs for 10 seconds at the bottom of each minute among other exercises for one of my visits. I am there for an hour 2 to 3 times a week plus I have to do exercises that he prescribes every day. Most people don’t do these exercises on their own but I am because he said that I might be able to run within 4 weeks. I’m really excited for that.

The only other form of exercise that I am cleared to do is yoga. I started going to AC Power Yoga. It is Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. The room temperature is set at 90 degrees, and I am absolutely loving it. I don’t feel like I am going to die like I did when I took Bikram!  That was just WAY TOO HOT!  This studio is fun, lighthearted, and they make you work!  They also help mellow you out a bit. I miss running, but with all this PT and yoga, it helps keep my mind off from running!  Well, that is, until I see someone running down my street, then I get jealous.


The other day, my PT and I were talking about how this injury is actually my body telling me that I need to take care of it, and I need to slow down. Doing two Ironmans in one year (I still cannot believe it), working a job that was so emotionally draining, home renovation hell (completely redoing a basement), moving across the country, changing careers, family issues, and my coach passing away suddenly and unexpectedly, my body needed a rest. Honestly, after I got done with Ironman Lake Placid, I was a wreck. Not only did my body feel like crap, but my mind was completely exhausted. I hadn’t been sleeping well because of the stress either, and this had been going on for over a year. The anxiety was killing me, and no one should have to live like that.

I’m learning to listen to my body, FINALLY. I’m a stubborn B, what can I say? I guess it takes me being injured for 2 + months to realize that I need to chill out and get my act together!

Especially for the past month, I have really been trying to sleep as much as I can, eat as good as I can, and just do things that will benefit my body, not break it down. I’m finally starting to see some results with me trying to chill out.

So, that is what’s going on! Coaching Girls on the Run has been great. I really feel like I’m making a difference in the girls’ lives. Shadowing is awesome! I know that I have picked the right career! School is kicking my butt, and I’m very happy there is only a month and a half left until the end of the semester! LOL!

If any of you are interested in a copy of the exercises that I’m doing in physical therapy, shoot me an email! My PT says that the weakness in my hips and abs are very common among runners. We don’t like doing our strength work!

Have you ever just had your body say, “STOP!!! You need to change what you are doing!”?

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Lisa October 31, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Good for you getting someone you clicked with. I have had a lot of bad experiences with docs and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s OKAY to ask for someone else. I’m seeing a physical therapist right now for my runner’s knee and while he doesn’t have great bedside manner, I do feel like he is helping me. I’ve seen other ones that were no help at all.

    Good luck!
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    • Nicole October 31, 2012, 6:42 pm

      Yeah, I’ve never done that before, and I was scared to do it. Stupid, right? Now, I know it is okay to ask for someone else! I deserve to be happy and get results!

      • Lisa Eirene November 1, 2012, 8:34 am

        No, not stupid. You want to trust doctors and not questions them but they are human too AND there are some that are just NOT GOOD DOCTORS. Maybe they finished last in their class? 🙂

        I was misdiagnosed by a really bad doctor on two ailments. He told me I had Achilles tendinitis in my ankle (which I’d had before and it didn’t feel like what I had) and plantar fasciiatis in my foot. I saw a specialist who told me I didn’t have EITHER of those things! Second opinions are good!
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  • Alicia October 31, 2012, 6:39 pm

    I’ve missed your posts! Life is busy though–I get that. Glad you found a good PT–they can make all the difference.

    • Nicole October 31, 2012, 6:43 pm

      Awe, thanks! It has been difficult to keep my head above water with school and everything else that I have going on in my life. I miss blogging though! I have also been feeling like I have nothing to blog about since I haven’t been working out, but I need to just do it! 🙂

  • Quix November 1, 2012, 9:49 am

    I worked with a nutritionist for a while that was more into helping ladies who ate cake all day and walked around the mall lose weight. She taught me some great things about clean eating, but she definitely didn’t understand endurance athletes needs. She told me to eat 50-100 extra calories per day on a long training day. Yeah. If I do the nutritionist thing again, I’m going for a sports nutritionist.

    My chiropractor plays tennis and does long bike rides, so she gets me, in that saying “don’t work out for a week” is pretty much the worst thing that she could do to me.
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  • AmyD November 1, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Yay! Glad you posted. I would love the hip and ab exercises ( I’ve also been told in the past that my sacrum is misaligned. I’m trying to get stronger to avoid injuries.
    How did you figure out your passion? I have the chance to go back to school (free classes through my job at UF), but I don’t know what I want to do.
    I’m glad you’re liking GOTR. I’m shadowing to become our local council’s Program Director. It’s such a great program.
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