Because my chiropractor had always "cured" all my ailments within a few days to a week, I had started to think I wouldn't get seriously injured. I figured I'd go in, get a few adjustments and be running again within a week.
This time, things were different.
The range of motion has come back slowly. I feel slightly better from one day to the next, and I "test" my knee and hip by running a lap (or on a bad day, a portion of a lap) on the track each day. I'm foam rolling, icing, stretching and strengthening (hip/legs/core) like crazy. If I lost this last little layer of ab fat, I'd have some killer abs to show off from all the core work I'm doing :-)
Nothing gets my heart rate up like running. Because I'm training for a marathon, I don't want my endurance to go during my time off. I'm now obsessed with finding cardio workouts that make my heart pound. I've been jump roping, rowing, aqua jogging, swimming, side shuffling the track and doing the elliptical.
Finally, last weekend, I was able to put enough weight on my leg to do the Stairmaster. I did an hour on the Stairmaster and did 30 minutes of intervals where 65/steps per minute was the "resting" interval and 130/steps per minute was the "fast" interval. THAT made my heart pound out of my chest. I love it!
I had my third massage today--an hour and a half hot stone massage. And, my seventh chiropractic adjustment in 2 1/2 weeks. I'm going back tomorrow for ultrasound and kineso tape--after kick boxing with my trainer. Hmmmm....hope that kick boxing works out for me.