I had my very first full dry needling appointment Thursday morning. The dry needling I got during PT was one needle at a time, just getting my ITB to relax as I worked on building up strength. This time, it was 4 needles at once, with two hooked up to a stim machine to really work on getting my muscles to relax. I definitely needed this session because a couple trigger points were quite tender, but I started relaxing after the needle was set. The one place I felt this the most was actually not the needle at the base of my ITB, it was the needle on my inner quad, down near my knee. That's the spot I really felt relaxing during the 5-10 minutes I had. After that it was foam rolling, and I was good to go.
Before the session I did check in with my PT to see how I'm doing on my own. I am making progress, which was really good to hear. My glutes and hamstrings are much stronger, and while my hips do have a little give on the strength test, they're also stronger. My hips are definitely the weak spots, but I'm making progress all around.
The good news about my run on Sunday was my knee didn't bother me, but the bad news is that was a very tough run. The air was extremely heavy when I woke up, so I knew the run would be on the treadmill. No problem, summer running means running inside, but I had waffles for breakfast, which was a bad idea. I felt like I had this brick in my stomach, and I couldn't find a rhythm with my intervals. I expected this type of run when I started back up, but hopefully that kind is now out of the way for a while, and no more waffles before a run.
I did watch quite a bit of the NCAA track and field championships, and I don't remember them being shown as much as they were this year. It was a warmup for the Olympic trials, which starts July 1. Both competitions are held at Hayward Field, which brought back memories of the Eugene half marathon I did in 2013, both good and bad. Hayward Field is the best track I've ever run on, but I was in too much pain to enjoy it.
Sunday: 20 minutes treadmill
Monday: strength training
Tuesday: strength training
Wednesday: 20 minutes treadmill
Thursday: dry needling, strength training
Saturday: Pure Barre
Sunday: 1.6 miles