My First PT Appointment

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Afternoon!  My PT appointment was at 7:45 this morning.  I was a little nervous — but a good kind of nervous.


Breakfast was easy and stabilizing:


Chobani, a crushed Kashi TLC Bar, a banana, and flax.  Plus a coffee.


I got dressed for PT and put on one of my race shirts:


I wanted to look "super serious." Haha!


The PT clinic is a private facility near the orthopaedic doctor I went to last week.  One side of the facility has a bunch of workout equipment:


And the other has massage tables and whatnot.


The PT struck me as kind and competent.  We went over my diagnosis from the doctor and she asked me a bunch of questions, like when my injury started to act up (January 2008), how much I was running (20-25 miles a week), why I went on a running hiatus in April (too painful to run), and what type of cross training I had been doing since (walking and cycling).  She also asked me about my goals for PT (running again).  Lastly, she did a bunch of manual manipulations and listened to my knee make that awesome popping sound.


Just like the orthopaedic doctor, my PT thinks my VOM muscles are weak.  She also thinks my hamstring and IT band are tight.  So, I’ve been prescribed strength training and stretching.


I learned two new stretches and three strength moves.  They weren’t anything super fancy or strange, but it was nice to have a professional show me how exactly I should be doing wall squats, etc.   She also said that cycling is awesome for my knee recovery and I should stick with it as I start to run more!


Lastly, the PT showed me how to tape my knees to keep my patellar from tracking laterally.  Basically, taping works the same way my knee sleeves work, just a whole lot better.



Sexy! The tape will last a few days, and she asked me to go on a run tonight to see how they feel.  YAY!  It feels strange — I can literally feel my patellar being held in place to the side.


Before I left, we talked about how I can get back into running.  Long gone are the glory days when I could pound out 15.0 miles…. the most I’ve run in 2 months is 2.0 miles!  I need to build my mileage back slowly.  I told her I wanted to get back up to 5.0 mile long runs by the end of July and she said that was realistic. Wooo HOOOO!


PT went so well that I must admit I’ve already started to chart out my Fall race schedule….


The Miracle Miles 15K, Celebration 10K, and Space Coast 1/2 Marathon are definites (well, pending knee recovery).  The Melbourne Marathon is kind of a dream race.  We’ll see.


I came home and snacked on melon:


Then I started work.  I had lunch around 11:


I made a sweet potato and black bean burger with flax (baked in the oven for about 30 minutes) and placed it on a piece of toast with mustard.  I couldn’t finish it — too big — but it was really good!


Plus, snow peas!


Question:  Do you think of yourself as an "Athlete"?  I totally do.  I think training for races made me think that way — I was never on any teams in high school.  But something about RACE SEASON just makes me feel so semi-professional.  🙂



  • Christina June 16, 2009, 8:23 am

    I'm happy your appointment went well! That looks like a great race schedule, race season is so exciting 🙂 I never really think of myself as an athlete because I run but if I did as many races as you're planning I definitely would!

  • Sam June 16, 2009, 8:35 am

    Glad everything went well today – it's awesome about the races! I definitely haven't reached athlete-status yet (I struggle to run two miles), but I've got a 5K booked for July and a 10K planned for October, so hopefully I'll be there before long :).

    Btw, your lunch looks fantastic. Veggie burgers are definitely going to be my next kitchen experiment!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health June 16, 2009, 8:39 am

    Glad you had a good appointment! I don't really consider myself an athlete anymore.I did when I was dancing 7 days a week though!

  • Priyanka loves food June 16, 2009, 8:49 am

    I am so glad that your PT went well! I really like your blog, you are so positive and the fact that you got to selecting the races really motivates me! Just shows how passionate you are about running!!

    The veggie burgers look delish!

  • Brandi June 16, 2009, 8:52 am

    I'm so glad it went well!!! That's awesome that you can start running again and that she thinks your goals are realistic.

    Running makes me feel like an athlete for sure. I didn't play any sports in school either, so this is what I have 🙂

  • seesaraheat June 16, 2009, 8:58 am

    Glad the appointment went well. You gotta love how she asked you to run! 🙂

    I definitely feel like an athlete, not just as a runner but in general. I'm in really good shape, I like to work out a lot, I'm into athletic gear and fueling, oh yeah! I also feel like an athlete when I do races.

    I played volleyball for three years in high school but I wouldn't have considered myself an athlete until now.

  • Hi! I'm Erin June 16, 2009, 9:06 am

    I'm so glad your PT has such a helpful and positive attitude! You'll be back to running races in no time!

    Also, that sweet potato and black bean burger looks AWESOME! Can you post the recipe? My husband would never ever eat such a thing, but on nights when I'm home alone I'd love to try it.

    I always think of athletes as people who all they do is train. Like, that's their job. I still don't think of myself as an athlete. I was on the dance team in high school for one year but that was it. And I definitely didn't think of myself as an athlete then, either!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 16, 2009, 9:08 am

    erin – no real recipe! i just smashed about 1/2 a sweet potato with 1/2 cup of drainaed black beans, patted the patty with flax, and baked it. 🙂 its good though!

  • Anonymous June 16, 2009, 9:11 am

    you are definitely an athlete! i admire you so much!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 16, 2009, 9:12 am

    anon – that was sweet 😉 thank you. you made me smile.

  • Stacey June 16, 2009, 9:17 am

    yay for good news and a good pt! Yep, I think of myself as an athlete. I tend to have an athlete mentality, so why not call myself one?

  • Tami June 16, 2009, 9:18 am

    i am glad it went well and you are comfortable with what is going on.

    i am for sure an athlete, i think i always have been, i wasn't a great student but i excelled on the court and field growing up

  • Betsy June 16, 2009, 9:19 am

    Good question – I actually told someone last night that I was going to run the half marathon this fall and they said, "Oh, are you a runner?" And I didn't know how to respond… I just said "I'm trying to be!" Maybe after the race I'll feel more confident. 🙂

    And yay for a good appointment! Joe's brother's wife is a PT so I drill her with all my running pain questions.

  • recipesforcreativity June 16, 2009, 9:26 am

    I'm excited that you're tentatively putting on 1/2's and a whole marathon on your race schedule, good luck!

    I don't think of myself as an athlete. I was not athletic in school, so I guess I never got myself thinking that way, despite the fact that I've run a half marathon and exercise every day! Maybe I should change the way I think of myself 🙂

  • Heather June 16, 2009, 9:48 am

    So glad things went well with the PT! How's the eye doing?

    I do consider myself an athlete. I dont do races like I used to or compete in figure anymore but I still train hard, fuel my body well & push to do better with whatever goals I might have for the moment.

    So that counts in my book 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats June 16, 2009, 9:52 am

    That is great news that your appointment went so well. I might try taping my knees? That is so cool that you have 'plotted' out your next race events – good for you! I bet you were excited writing them down! I know that I would be.

  • Susan June 16, 2009, 9:53 am

    Happy to hear it went well! 🙂 I don't think of myself as an athlete at all, but I probably should since I'm training for a triathlon! 😛

  • Amy June 16, 2009, 9:55 am

    I thought of myself as an athlete in high school when I was a three-season distance runner but I haven't done many races lately and don't consider myself one at the moment. I'm going to sign up for some summer/fall races soon so maybe then I'll feel like an athlete again. 🙂

  • Jessica June 16, 2009, 9:55 am

    That burger looks amazing, i will definatly have to try that!!!!

    Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog and you are really an inspiration! I rarely comment but I'm an avid reader. You have actually inspired me to take up biking. I also love to run but I have knee pain and shin splints if I do too much so biking is a great alternative!! I wish you the best of luck in your recovery!

  • Bricklyrknitter June 16, 2009, 9:56 am

    Congrats on your great PT appointment! You'll be banging out those 5 mile runs before you know it…

    I was an athlete in high school and college, so I don't think of myself as one now. I think I associate "athlete" with team practices, coaches, etc. I'm more voluntarily active now, though, and that activity takes more self-discipline than it did when I was surrounded by friends and was already at school where practice was!

  • Kelly June 16, 2009, 10:00 am

    How long are you going to keep taping them do you think? My PT didn't mention anything about this, but I want to ask tomorrow and see if I can try it out.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 16, 2009, 10:01 am

    kelly – in theory until my VOM muscles can hold my patellar in place itself. but i think i will always wear knee sleeves/tape for runs.

  • Anna June 16, 2009, 10:11 am

    Good to hear your PT went well- I always get nervous butterflies before any sort of medical-type thing. I've actually come to love my chiropractor appointments because I always feel better afterwards.

    I think of myself as an athlete- I play on a team at school (club ultimate frisbee) and I run/do yoga. I think if you participate in any physical activity regularly and with intention, you're an athlete!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) June 16, 2009, 10:12 am

    Glad PT went well! I don't like going but love the people at the place I went. 😀 Been to PT three times: 1. Dislocated kneecap 2. IT band issues 3. Hamstring issues.

    For sure I'm an athlete! With running and training in two martial arts, I'm totally an athlete. And I love being an athlete!

  • Nicole ( June 16, 2009, 10:14 am

    I definitely consider myself an athlete! Especially when I go on long bike rides.

  • Matt June 16, 2009, 10:20 am

    Sounds like PT is going to be awesome!

    I think anyone who includes sports and fitness into their lives is an athlete. So yes, I do think of myself as an athlete.

  • GreenDogWine June 16, 2009, 10:34 am

    Glad PT went so well! If the taping really works after you test it out – would you consider doing a video post/"how to"? I'd love to know how to do that!

  • Bridget June 16, 2009, 10:51 am

    Great that PT went well! You'll have to work up mileage slowly…all of those races are definitely good goals to work toward!

    I was captain of my volleyball team in high school, but only because I got tired of everyone fighting and took action. However, I've come to LOVE playing soccer with my fellow (foreign) teachers in Japan. Last fall, I was a nightmare–this spring, I've take a lot of hits for the team! (Massive arm bruise, and bruised ribs…hurt a ligament in my knee, and also rolled my ankle). I'm still playing volleyball every Wednesday (or almost) and have been running more (when not injured and after recovery).

    So, I think I've become more of an athlete, but maybe I'm not the same kind of athlete as others out there. The bruised ribs though–seriously. OUCH!

  • runsarah June 16, 2009, 10:53 am

    SO glad to hear your appointment ewnt well! I still cant think of myself as an athlete but maybe once I have some more races under my belt.

  • Fitzalan June 16, 2009, 10:56 am

    I have never not thought of myself as an athlete. My parents put me on a swim team at age 3. I don't know what it means not to train or be competitive.

    I think that is why, when I blew my knee out, it was so difficult on my mentally. Not being able to see myself as an athlete was very difficult but I think going through that has only made me a stronger person.

    Happiness Awaits

  • leslie June 16, 2009, 11:01 am

    i consider myself active, but if i can get my knee issues under control and start training for races then maybe i will bump myself up to athlete status. 🙂 you are totally an athlete btw!

    so happy things are looking up for you! i'm really curious to hear how the tape feels when you run. does it feel strange when you walk around?

  • havefaith4ever June 16, 2009, 11:22 am

    I would consider myself an athlete. 🙂
    Glad PT went well and can't wait to hear how your run goes tonight with the taping!
    <3 jess

  • Niki June 16, 2009, 11:56 am

    Glad PT went well! Your race calander looks great!! Between running and soccer I definitely consider myself and athlete!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 16, 2009, 12:01 pm

    Glad your PT can really help you mend!

    I am an athlete for sure 🙂 Working out at least 6 days a week qualifies. PLus I love it and I think that is key.

  • kailey June 16, 2009, 12:02 pm

    wow I never would have thought to add a sweet potato! Delicious! Great running goal too!

  • The Shabby Princess June 16, 2009, 12:06 pm

    So glad everything went well!! I thought of myself as an athlete in high school and college, but, not so much since then. Until I started running and entering races. Given, I'm not that far into my racing "career", but I really do consider myself an athlete. I'm a runner 🙂

  • Julia June 16, 2009, 12:07 pm

    I'm glad to hear your PT session went well! I have been to the PT for 6 sessions. Although neither the doctor nor the PT could identify why I hurt, I have been doing the moves my PT showed me, and I think its getting better.
    Good to hear that you can run again!

  • Amy June 16, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Long time lurker here–love your blog. I was wondering if you would consider sharing the stretches and strength moves you learned at PT today? I have similar issues with my leg muscles being too strong on the outside rather than in and I am working on fixing that with lifting. Thanks! And congrats on the great PT session!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 16, 2009, 12:58 pm

    amy – i def will, i will share when my PT experience is over (bc i bet ill learn a new one every time!!).

  • Whitney June 16, 2009, 1:11 pm

    Glad your appointment went well. I had the same "injury" which caused me to go to PT. They never taped my knees though. I learned A LOT from going there. I will say that after a few weeks of PT, I never felt I was running better. While I was there, I did a lot of biking and light resistance training. I'm interested to see how things work out. Best of luck (and don't you just LOVE planning out your race calender?!)

  • OceanDreams June 16, 2009, 1:16 pm

    Wow, I really admire your strength and endurance. I would love to run as much as you run at some point. I don't consider myself an athlete, yet. I consider myself as an athlete in training. Lately I have been able to run about 3 miles a day and it has been getting easier because I'm usually temped to walk parts of it. I love how healthy you eat and hope you are feeling better soon! I'll definitely be following along. 😉

  • Holly June 16, 2009, 1:17 pm

    I am SO happy for you!!!! PT really does work wonders. I've never heard anyone say they were disappointed with PT (unless their PT was a douche).

    I'm PRAYING that PT will help me, too, so we can both get out there and race our little hearts out. 🙂

  • Michelle June 16, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Hey, I know how to do that taping! Awesome, your PT told you everything I would have! Hope it continues to go well! 🙂

  • RunToFinish June 16, 2009, 2:43 pm

    glad the appointment was good! i saw a chiro today and I'm hoping that gets me back on my feet!

    i do think of myself as an athlete I think it's because I am dedicated to what I'm doing

  • Jesse June 16, 2009, 3:04 pm

    I would love to hear how that tape job worked after your run. I have tried taping my knee in the past when it gave me problems but maybe I was never doing it right… can you give us an update of how yours holds up??

  • kilax June 16, 2009, 3:10 pm

    Melbourne! What an awesome dream marathon!

    I am so happy to hear your PT is as awesome as your doctor. You are on the road to recovery! I would be filling out my race calendar too!

    I do think of myself as an athlete. I like to try a lot of sports. I am not good at them all, but I think my willingness to try makes me an athlete… maybe? 😉

  • Becky June 16, 2009, 3:45 pm

    Your race schedule looks awesome…it will definitely keep ya motivated huh?! I love that about official races, it keeps me on track.

    I would consider myself an athlete, I was always in sports in school and even after school I kept up with various forms of physical exercise.

    Now you made me want to look at what races are going on around here b/c I want to do one!

  • Beezus June 16, 2009, 4:16 pm

    I love my physical therapist – and I know it is silly, but having a "sports-related injury" definitely made me feel like an athlete.

    I've had the exact same tapping action done on my left knee… it does wonders.

    Good luck!

  • Lacey Nicole June 16, 2009, 4:30 pm

    wow seeing that tape really brought me down memory lane– i had the SAME exact thing done to me during soccer season my freshman year of high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the tape is so strange looking but it appeared to work with me. i ended up being able to do it to myself which was cool, too. good luck! and lookin' good 🙂

  • MarathonVal June 16, 2009, 4:36 pm

    I'm so happy for you that the apt. went well and that you are on the road to recovery!!

    By the way, how did you decide on the Melbourne Marathon?? You are super ambitious to tackle such a long plane ride in order to run a marathon! With dedication like that you will for SURE be up and *running* soon! 🙂

  • The Fit Collegiate June 16, 2009, 4:54 pm

    I'm so glad that your PT appointment went well! I really hope that your knees recover quickly so you are able to compete in all of your races! P.S. Have you been foam rolling? I've been doing it 2X a day and can already feel dramatic relief in my knees! Guess I didn't know how tight my IT band really is!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 16, 2009, 5:21 pm

    I'm glad your PT went well.

  • Jennyh June 16, 2009, 5:47 pm

    This is a great question. I read every day but don't comment all that often. I never really ever considered myself an "athlete" I've run a coupe marathons and many 1/2s, 3 this spring! And your post and all the comments make me feel like a real athlete. Thanks!

  • Oh She Glows June 16, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your PT experience. I laughed outloud when you said that you wore that tee…soo cute!

    Can you share with us the strength moves you learned (maybe some pics) to demo? 🙂 I think I would benefit so much from them.

  • HangryPants June 16, 2009, 7:04 pm

    I never thought of myself as an athlete because I never was one until I trained for and ran the half marathon!

    I am really happy for you that they seem so hopeful!!! I bet you will be back and better than before in no time! 😀

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health June 16, 2009, 7:09 pm

    Caitlin you really inspired me to finally make a doctors appointment for my knees! I have been way too scared!! Thank you! 🙂

  • Bec June 16, 2009, 8:44 pm

    ya for PT hope the run went well!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 17, 2009, 2:28 am

    marathon val – LOL there is a melbourne, fl that is about an hour from my house. although austraila would be cool!

    jennifer – YAY good luck

    oh she glows – i will share at the end — i bet i will learn more every time.

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