PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injection and Recovery: Week 5
As I type this (Sunday evening/Monday morning), I have begun to notice some significant improvements over the past couple of days. I don't know if it's the cooler weather (we've had a cool front blow in and the temps have been delightful this weekend!), watching two amazing friends have great races this morning (congrats Cecilia and Jana!), or the fact that I'm finally feeling a little more like my pre-injury self, but going for a run actually sounds like a fun idea for the first time in many weeks.
Here are a few of the changes I've noticed over the past week:
- Standing/balancing on one leg (the left side, specifically) is no longer a problem, nor does it trigger any discomfort.
- Bridge exercises can be performed with little to no response from the high hamstring area (same with some other injury-measuring exercises like mid-range squats and a supine plank)
- Touching my toes illicits the same response (my hamstrings are always a little tight) on both sides.
- I'm recovering more quickly from long rides, even when I've worked hard to keep up with my cycling group.
- Sitting on the toilet produces very little of that stretching/pulling sensation in the left high hamstring area (I love that sitting on the toilet has now become a measure of progress).
- Completely unrelated - my cycling wound is healing nicely.
While I certainly had to fight to resist the temptation to lace up my running shoes and head out the front door this morning, knowing that I'm making good progress and seeing some improvements is motivation enough to stick with the plan.
Along those lines, I have no big expectations moving forward. I'd like to work toward running a few days a week for the enjoyment of running; I'd like to be able to complete 13.1 miles (any way I can get to the finish!) on November 11 in Richmond, VA. I want to continue cycling and cross training, taking the time to acknowledge what my body needs and working on imbalances and deficiencies in strength.
But, before I get there, I've got to stay on track this week and, as Cecilia says, "Don't do anything crazy!" If the current forecast holds up, I should still be able to enjoy a few mornings next week that begin with a temperature in the upper-60s instead of the mid-70s. I know that there will be ups and downs, good days and bad, times when I need to pull back and rest; I think that if I prepare myself for this now, I'll be in much better shape when the time arrives to enjoy time with my friend again. If you're reading this, hold me accountable, please!