Although I was happy and proud to power through my injury to a win last weekend, it turns out I am not, in fact, invincible. And it is, in fact, an injury. For the acute, muscular parts of it I still haven’t gotten an answer on what is wrong and I am trying to be seen by a physical therapist. For the aching, lingering parts – well nothing will deflate your ego quite like being told you have arthritis. What? No seriously, arthritis. At first I wanted to panic, but a little time and research have calmed me down because it turns out, a little arthritis and disc degeneration (also joining the party) are pretty much just part of the deal when you’ve seen 30 come and go. I may be prone to forgetting my age, but it turns out my body isn’t. Bummer. SO what am I doing about it? Well for now, I’m reintroducing squats painfully slowly (actually, I suppose NOT painfully – which is the point). I worked UP to my warmup weight, today – and I’m grateful it went alright. I’m also, like I said, working to get to a PT, and I have just opened up my brand new stability ball. I hear they help with lumbar mobility – we will see. I’m not beaten yet, but between this and the Achilles I certainly am getting my humbling reminders that I too am human, all too human.
I also am a desk jockey whether I like it or not, and I have the tight quads and hip flexors to prove it despite my best efforts (another thing I want advice on from a PT!). For now, I’ll keep making friends with my foam roller – and I’ll make sure I’m doing it right. Check THIS ARTICLE for some eye-opening tips on how (and how NOT) to get your roll on. Especially good for me because come one – look at the state of that balance ball… and the size of the pump. This could take a while!