PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection and Recovery: Week 4
The ride went really well, in terms of the way I felt throughout and even after; I really didn't push the pace too much during Wampoo, since I'd never been on the bike that long and wasn't sure how much I'd be able to handle, but I felt some general soreness/tightness the next day.
Instead of taking a rest day on Sunday, like I should have done, I first took an intense barre class (included tabata-style cardio intervals) and then met up with my cycling group for 15 speedy miles even though I was starting to feel some residual soreness in my high hamstring area. I think I've been pretty honest about my tendency toward learning things the hard way.
Feeling pretty achy on Sunday evening, I took a much-needed rest day on Monday but returned to spin class on Tuesday morning; I had to really pull back, because my leg definitely did not approve. After a rest day on Wednesday, and being much more conscientious about the length of time I stayed seated at work (a couple of long meetings early in the week did not help this residual achiness), I was relieved to notice some improvement by Thursday.
Thursday evening I met up with my group again and, even though we rode a route with a challenging hill, my leg felt good and I noticed no additional soreness/pain afterward; I was so thrilled to be moving in the right direction after my carelessness!
By Friday afternoon/evening, the discomfort had subsided and I felt ready to go out again on Saturday morning; it was a hot one, and my group had me pushing to keep up, but I stayed with them and it was a great confidence booster.
After our long ride on Saturday morning, I decided that it was time to treat myself to some cycling shoes and clipless pedals; I've started feeling more comfortable on the bike and I'd like to get really familiar with the new setup before my next cycling event. After some practicing and mental preparation, I went out for an easy spin on Sunday morning to try them out and, in a total rookie move, was not paying attention while stopped and tipped over on one side.
After a little medical intervention, I'm fine; in case you didn't know this already (I guess I'd never really thought about it??), the sprocket on a bicycle is really sharp. Again, since I learn things the hard way, I'll now have something to help me remember to unclip both feet when I stop. I'll post more cycling details soon, but the rest of my body was perfectly fine!
The physician who administered my PRP injection said, "if you feel absolutely fantastic at four weeks, you can try a little running." For most runners, that would be permission to begin running at four weeks; I'm a little gun shy right now, after everything I've dealt with over the past few months, so I am fully committed to waiting the full 6-8 weeks which is his usual recommendation.
I can tell that I'm making progress, in spite of my hiccup earlier in the week, and the things I mentioned in my last post - sitting down on the toilet, standing on one leg, changing directions quickly, etc. - continue to create a small response but a much less significant one than a couple of weeks ago.
I have been doing quite a bit of core and glute work (planks in all directions, bridges, leg lifts, etc.), with the goal that those muscles will be ready to fire up when the time comes. I've noticed that when my core and glutes are engaged, my high hamstring seems greatly improved.
After an 80+ mile riding week, I took things down to 64.5 miles this week and very limited activity outside of that; I'm really looking forward to any progress that is made this week and really starting to contemplate the possibility of running again. It is both exciting and terrifying, but I know when the time comes I'll be ready to get back out there.