Who knows what next week will bring, but as of right now things are improving. I was back at the massage therapist on Monday where she worked through the trouble spots. For the most part, everything was much improved - only one muscle in the left calf is still tight.
In an attempt to determine whether or not I've got any imbalance issues, I saw a PT/trainer on Wednesday. He put me through several tests and determined the following:
1. Flexibility was good.
2. No obvious mechanical issues
3. Strength was good in all areas (adductors, glutes, abs, obliques, etc)
4. Balance not as good on single leg squats as it should be (knees tended to move inwards)
This 4th point was essentially the only negative mark I had. What came out of that was that I was given a few exercises to do at home that should hopefully improve this area. In addition, I'm going to start doing several stability exercises at home. I figure I should do everything I can to minimize the chances of injury going forward.
On the running front, due to work and other things I wound up going every other day for most of the week. I can tell I'm feeling better because the paces in the trails are picking up.
I only had time for a short run on Tuesday, and I wound up hitting the last mile in 5:38 just to see how it felt and I was fine. On Thursday it became obvious the body was itching for a workout when I hit the first mile in 6:47 and continued to pick the pace up from there.
The plan is to do an easy run on Friday followed by a workout on Saturday. (I really need to get a workout in)
Sun, 6/14: 31-minutes @ 6:47
Mon, 6/15: Appt w/ CMT
Tues, 6/16: 3-miles @ 6:34 (last mile - 5:38)
Wed, 6/17: Appt w/ PT/Trainer
Thurs, 6/18: 28-minutes @ 6:37