Saturday, December 22, 2012

Coming To You From The Couch

There was an extended time in my life where I wanted to be on the couch more than anywhere else; that time seems so far away now. As I write this post, I am into my second day of no training, and the first day of taking my knee recovery seriously. I went to Target (said the a French sounding ending) and picked up a new reusable ice pack that has a strap. I also have on my compression brace. I will alternate between the two for the next few days and spend as much time on the couch as possible.


I am wearing an Ace Brand sleeve, but I am curious if there is something better out there? Is compression pretty much the same across the board? Additionally, does anyone have any icing techniques or tricks?

Beyond ice and compression, I am continuing my intake of fish oil and glucosamine. I have had both of these supplements recommended to me, so I take them once a day with food. I just want to do whatever I can to get this thing healed up, and be able to go beyond 8 miles without pain.

Behind my little rehab, I don't have much going on. I am mostly just providing my dogs with a consistent lap to sleep on. I am also going to catch up on worthless TV, which is somewhat exciting. I am sure I will be going stir-crazy in about an hour. Wish me luck.

What are you watching this weekend/week?

Any other tips or tricks you know for recovery/rehab?

Anyone else taking some much needed time off?

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11 comments:

  1. I was thinking about doing fish oil, but never did. No time off for me, FINALLY time on! Good luck getting through the down time...do you like cross word puzzles? Sudoku? :)

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    1. Haha... Crossword more, but I am oddly good at killing time. Luckily I have a few days of football ahead!

      I am jealous that you are on the opposite side of the spectrum. I am craving a run already.

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  2. I am at the end of my 2nd day off. The legs needed some recovery time after all the work they put in. Feels good but I am dying already for some action. My icing technique is the old fashion ice bath! Two twenty pound bags of ice and a timer, plus a good hooded sweatshirt! Does the trick every time. Good luck!

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  3. Heard of the ice bathes; how Long do you sit in them? Seems like a lot of work though. I just got an ice pack to centralize the cold right on the injury sight. I am alternating every hour r so between ice and compression. Only icing for 15 minutes at a time.

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  4. Ahh i promise this rest will be worth it in the long run. It is HARD though, mentally. Take up video games?? :P

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    1. If I had my Xbox with me, I think I would be in a much better mental state!

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  5. Ice baths definitely will help, you sit in them about 10-15 minutes, it's hard at first but I live by them for long run recovery (anything over 10 miles).
    What kind of dogs do you have?
    I hope your knee pain gets better soon! I know it's driving you crazy not to be able to train right now!

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    1. I have a jack Russell and a Shetland sheep dog.

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  6. I know exactly how you feel. I used to just love being lazy now it's so hard when something is holding me back, however, we all know, it's worth it in the end to recover properly!

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  7. oh man, injuries SUCK!! keep icing like a demon, u can also try some easy self-massage if the area isn't too inflamed still. depending on the injury, if u have access to an ultrasaound machine that would also help a lot. u can sometimes talk to a sports med place and they may let u sneak in there for just some 10 min sessions sans charge if they are cool. other than that, IB it up, try to stay sane because u kno in the end taking the time to heal up right is wat's gonna pay off the most!

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