At my doctor appointment Monday I learned that I have a Grade 3 tear in my vastus medialis, the muscle to the right of the right knee, a part of the quadricep. If you flex your quad you will see the tear drop shaped muscle there. That is the one.
The doctor practiced something called ART - Active Release Technique on me. He and his assistant had me lay down and they stretched me out as far as I could go; I think I grew 6 inches. They then proceeded to delve into my muscles of the quad, going deep into the muscle and tissue. The procedure was quite painful, the Dr. commented that I have a high tolerance for pain. After the procedure was finished I was able to bear weight upon my leg and I didn’t feel any more pain.
He told me to wear a brace for a few days to aid in compression and to keep the leg straight, use Advil, ice, etc. Just as I have been.
I don’t know that I tear my vastus medialis during every 100, but my leg felt the same, other than the pop sensation, at mile 50 as it does at mile 95. At mile 95 I can suck it up and finish; at mile 50 I could suck it up to 70.
The Dr. told me that if I had continued to damage my muscle I could have ruptured or even had the muscle detach from the bone and surgery would have taken place. Ewww.
I went for a recovery jog with Topaz and I felt good-no different than the usual post 100 muscle soreness. Today I removed the brace and will enjoy a run with my Boot camp Girls through MDRA. We are meeting at TC Running Company for a little shopping after our run. Running and shopping! Lovely!!
Thank you for all of your kind comments; I appreciate each and every one of them.