physical therapy for runner’s knee

Thursday Hodge Podge

This is a “hodge podge” kind of post!

Google Reader

So how about that Google Reader news? I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty bummed. I’ve been using Google Reader for about 5 years. I love it! It’s such an easy way to subscribe to blogs and news updates. It’s pretty much where I get all my news; I certainly don’t read a newspaper or watch it on TV. I’m currently researching other alternatives to Google and I hope there’s one that I like just as much.

In the meantime, you might want to consider subscribing to blogs by email if you don’t use Reader or are worried about it going away soon. I recently added the widget on the right side of my blog so people can sign up for the posts to be delivered in their email. I know, I’m kind of slow to the game. A reader actually suggested I add the feature (so thank you for the tip!). It’s a program that does it all for you and I don’t have your email addresses, so it’s not like it’s a spam program. Anyway, you can find it on the right side:

Screen shot 2013-03-14 at 6.55.24 AM

 

Physical Therapy

Yesterday I saw my physical therapist, first time since the end of January. I thought I had been making really good progress and in a way I have. He tested my strength and my quads are super strong but my glutes are still weak. I thought all the squats I was doing in Body Pump was helping but apparently it’s just making my quads strong.

He gave me a few new exercises to do in addition to the One Leg Bridge.  I’d already been doing the “clam shell” but he is having me add a resistance band to it. I definitely felt the exercise in my glutes with the band! I guess that’s what I’ve been missing.

He gave me two others that are hard to describe. One is with the resistance band around my calves and I get in a squat position and side-step. He also said that I need to start keeping a workout journal. It’s not something I’ve really done before. I’ve kept mileage logs for cycling and running but that’s about it. I think it will be a good practice to get into and it will help pinpoint causes of flare-ups.

Pixie Project

After work on Wednesday Michael and I volunteered again at the Pixie Project.  It was another gorgeous day in Portland–dry and warm (like 65 degrees) and it was the perfect dog walking weather.

beagle

 

The first dog we walked was Duke, a beagle. He was super chill and all he wanted to do was sniff everything. He tended to pull on the leash and lead us but he was a really good dog. I have a soft spot for beagles.

nora

 

Next up was Nora. She was intimidating at first. I’m not sure her breed but I think there was some pit bull in her. I admit, that made me pause a little bit. But she reminded me not to judge a book by its cover. She was the most gentle, sweet, affectionate dog we’ve walk thus far. She was well-behaved on the leash and all she really wanted to do was roll around in the grass.

nora2

 

After walking the dogs we got to play with two puppies! They were named Giselle and Kate Moss. 🙂 Two tiny chihuahuas.

puppy1

 

mepuppy

 

Man! Did they have energy! The puppies were super tiny and crazy but too cute. It was such a fun night! I absolutely love volunteering there and look forward to it all week long. Michael said he liked volunteering a lot more than he thought he would.

Dinner

After the puppy playtime, we went to Iron Horse for dinner. It’s one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Portland. The food and service is always good. I was hungry but didn’t want to eat a bunch of food so I got a half order of a salad. I love that they have a “lighter fare” option.

steaksalad

I got the spinach salad with steak. It had some shredded parmesan cheese, slivered almonds, onions and tomato on top with a vinaigrette  I had some of Michael’s rice with my salad. I love this salad. You wouldn’t think a salad would be so good you’d think about it the next day, but I am!

QUESTION: Are you a Google Reader fan? How do you feel about the news?