This week was 7 miles of “real running” and 12,000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
I'm getting better at swimming, so yay. I'm not fast, or even average, but sometimes I get dirty looks from the old ladies in the slow lane, and have to relocate to "medium". I can successfully execute a flip turn (success has many definitions - here it means that I don't end up in the next lane over and don't hit my head...) and I can do freestyle for an hour pretty comfortably.
I'm not a real swimmer yet, and may never be. For one thing I do stuff like log 3500 meters in Wilson as 3500 yards, though I understand that's not quite the case. I'm also the slowest kick boarder ever, and I don't DARE try backstroke or (*shivver*) butterfly. But I've got something aerobic I can do, and I'm getting better at it.
As far as injuries go, I went for a consult with a doctor specializing in "physical medicine and rehabilitation." His work is mainly prolotherapy, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, and other related stuff. After reviewing my MRI reports, my history, and doing a physical exam, he stated "your report has PRP written all over it."
I was and am slightly cynical. On the one hand, this guy's an expert in PRP and that type of stuff. On the other hand, when you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. There was a small part of me that wondered if he saw anyone that didn't have PRP written all over them. And I'd like to see some more favorable solid scientific studies in favor of PRP - there's not that much conclusive research in people.
PRP is not covered by insurance and is not cheap (though it is cheaper than equine vet bills). That's another factor.
[the procedure I'm getting will run me about $1200, if you were curious]
[high hamstring tendon issues can also linger for years. If you were curious]
[I'd really like to be able to train for Boston in the spring. Dunno if you were curious about that]
I've discussed with two people who had PRP done, and both said they'd do it again without question, and it was worth the cost. One of these people got it from the same doctor I'm going to, for the same condition (high hamstring tendon). I also ran it past several PT friends and my coach, all of whom thought it was worth a shot (teehee). So, I'm going to go for it.
I'll be getting stabbed all over the place. The process involves drawing blood, spinning it down to concentrate the platelets, and then injecting it where you need healing to occur. Since the main cost is from the blood drawing and spinning, not the injections, it makes sense to get shots everywhere you think they'll help - more bang for your buck. So I'll be getting them in my left hamstring at the origin (butt), all over my right foot (plantar, peroneal, and some loose ligaments), and possibly my back, depending on the conclusion from some diagnostics. I think I'm also going to ask if I can get a shot in my right groin - since we're going to all this trouble, I might as well take a stab (teehee) at that old issue too.
Then I go home and lay on the couch for the weekend - fortunately, this is a good weekend to do so - I'll stream the NYC marathon on one computer and the Maclay finals on the other on Sunday.
After that, I'll swim with a pull buoy for a while - anywhere from a few days up to 2 weeks. Supposedly the PRP will make things worse in the short run, but I should start seeing improvement in about 3 weeks.