It was PRP injection week! I rested for four days- including injection day- and I rested hard with record low step counts, couch potato-ing, crafting, and binge watching TV.
My friend Sarah is an accomplished runner and triathlete, and she and I were chatting on Facebook when the conversation turned from the best sushi in Summerville to profound running ramblings. This time last summer, I was eyeing Fall half marathons and a possible Winter marathon. Running 45-50 mpw in the heat and humidity of summer, my mantra was to trust the training.
This summer, she suggested my mantra should be to trust the treatment.
PRP Day! Early wake up call, followed by a drive to Mt. Pleasant, blood draw, injection in my bum, and drive home. I sat on a pillow for the drive home and prayed that Clay didn’t hit any bumps or run off the highway a little into those bumps that remind you that you ran off the highway. Especially since I was on the passenger side.
Clay worked from home and we watched a lot of TV. Bob’s Burgers is our favorite.
I was a couch potato, which felt weird since I had no pain. I didn’t even take 2,000 steps all day, and most of those were pre-injection.
I worked today. I work from home, but if I had an office job, I probably would have taken off to recover from the PRP injection. I felt some pain today, both at the injection site and where I usually feel the dull achiness. I sat on pillows in my home office and went downstairs three times all day.
I drove to my polling place, propped up on pillows, and voted. I snagged the best parking spot closest to the entrance, which thankfully only had two steps. I didn’t have to wait to vote and was happy to see some younger people working the polls.
About 4 PM, we had a thunderstorm, so I went downstairs to unplug something. I just stayed downstairs on the couch until it was time to get ready for bed. I made some fun bead crafts.
I woke up bright and early and worked. With two software releases next week, I had a ton of work to do for my real-girl job, so I was fine with working extra hours to get things done.
I still had some discomfort, so once again, lots of sitting on pillows. Supposedly the discomfort and pain is the inflammatory response of the PRP and that means it’s working. Either way, I was so busy with work and trying to rest that I didn’t leave my house all day.
I made more bead crafts- Christmas ornaments.
More extra hours of work. At the point, my family, my doctor, and the young guy working the polls were the only humans I’d seen since Sunday. I was going crazy.
After work, I picked up Cinnabons to take to Race the Landing. I set up and helped with our finish line water station, but spent a lot of time sitting on the bleachers- on a pillow of course, because bleachers aren’t high hamstring tendinopathy friendly.
Clay woke up early for the gym and I woke up early for… you guessed it: Technical Writing.
In the afternoon, I decided some Vitamin D might help my mood and injury recovery, so I laid by the pool for about an hour and read.
I also went to the gym and did an upper body workout I found on Pinterest. It was nice to be back, chat with the gym staff, and well, move.
Saturday was busy! Lots of walking- went to both Costco and the dollar store, went to the salon for an eyebrow wax, and got coffee at my friend’s new store (he’s a running friend and I wanted to support him). I tried my first Nitro coffee and loved it- it’s black coffee, but it comes out of the machine so foamy and rich.
I felt like poop that evening- tired and run down, so I crafted and watched TV.
I felt better on Sunday but still took it easy. I gymmed, bringing my workout total to two 20-minute upper body sessions.
Besides that, I met up with some friends at Madra Rua for brunch after their easy run. It was my first time there, and I had a delicious omelet with tomatoes and cheese in it.
Madra Rua was great- it’s an Irish pub in Park Circle, and they’re showing all the World Cup games so that’s what we watched. They have a nice outdoor area with TVs, and everyone had fun. I was happy to catch up with Virginia, Brent, and Brent’s mom Barbara who was visiting from PA, along with a few other running friends and some new friends too.
Even though the week started out with doctor’s offices and needles, I’m glad it ended with friends, brunch, and soccer. It wasn’t an easy week, but ups and downs are a part of life. Here’s to hoping I see improvement from the PRP injection in the coming weeks!