I went to the Physical Therepist on Friday afternoon last week after the Boston Marathon to have a runner’s check up. I think any runner should get a check up on how their legs are doing and seeing if there are any hurt aspects to their feet, legs, body. So, I had met my PT, MD, at the NYRR awards party and she had contacted me due to me being the secretary of our club. MD had wanted to write an article for the NY Flyers and we had been talking…I was scheduled to get a real deep tissue massage, but figured if I can learn something about my legs and understand the muscles rather than just getting the deep tissue, then I would better off for myself. So, I told her the locations where I had been “ailing” and somewhat hurting such as: Planters Fasciitis, Achilles Heel or Achilles tendinitis, tight calves, limping…etc. I just tolerate pain pretty well and have a high tolerance for it. I try to just move on and just go about my business and do my workouts. I understand my body, I understand when to say when, but some are minor issues and I work them out accordingly. I know, I know…there are a whole lot of people that are worried about me, but still I push on and appreciate that concern.
So…Surpassingly everyone knew I had tight calves except me. MD showed me some moves in which I needed to stretch my calves. She rubbed out a whole lot of this one strain that I have on the side and hooked me up to this machine that shoots electrodes into your body and makes the muscles “work” and tries to loosen up the muscles here and there. But it was good and I felt very good leaving on Friday…but the tightness continued and will continue, so I have been rubbing my calf everyday with “the Stick” and also been stretching…back to Yoga…
So my instructor basically warmed us all up accordingly to what people had “injuries in” the class was based somewhat on my calves and upper body. The session was intense. My legs felt fine yesterday, but were extremely tight and loosening them up felt amazing. Some of the stances were somewhat difficult and intense, but I think Yoga is what you want out of it and what you put into it. You can go as long or as intense as you want. I use it for the intense workouts on my off days, but incorporate the intensity of running with breathing styles of meditation and freeing the mind of meditation and feeling one with mind, spirit and body. It’s a real good feeling of reaching your inner peace and a huge stress relief.
By the end of the session…I felt so much better and my calves were 10 times looser and more flexible.