The Last Year

Hello again 🙂

I’m going to summarize last year.  I completed 19 races, 3-10K’s, 1-8K, and 15-5K’s and was on my way to 20 when a mild disaster struck me over Thanksgiving weekend.

Two weekends earlier I had done a 5 mile hike and was feeling pretty sore but figured it was just because of all the stairs to climb up.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving I planned a hike with a friend and picked something I thought was easy but unfortunately ended up being a 10 mile hike up and down the side of a mountain.  We literally climbed a mountain that day….

Coming down the mountain I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the car.  I’ve never exhausted my legs to the point where they were ready to quit.  I was in tears.  It was miserable but we finished.

Going into the week I was sore but I knew I had a 10K coming up so I rested on Sunday, 3 miles on Monday, rested Tuesday, couple miles on Wednesday then the big day arrived.

Getting up that morning I knew my knee was abnormally sore but I decided to push through because that’s what people do, right? The 10K was a 5K loop twice and when I finished the 5K I almost quit…..but I hobbled past the finish line determined to complete it.  Did I mention it was also pouring down rain?

As I crossed the finish line drenched and limping I could feel something was not right with my knee but I had my medal.

By the time I got home and went to step out of the car I could barely put weight on my right leg.   Determined not to cancel on my best friend I hobbled over to her place for a very painful dinner.  I was able to get into the doctor on Friday who suggested I sprained my MCL, told me to ice and rest.  That’s what I did but it wasn’t getting better.  Tuesday I went back to a different doctor….and I’ll summarize December to now.

X-rays, sports doctor, MRI, surgeon, surgery, and here I am recovering from a torn medial meniscus. They weren’t able to repair so basically it was cleaned up, cartilage removed, and I’m left with a knee that will never be the same.

Prior to going into surgery I read articles that claimed 4-6 weeks recovery time so I assumed I would be back walking 3-6 miles again within a month after surgery.  I ignored all the articles stating “recovery times vary” “may be 6 months or more for full recovery”  I decided to err on the side of the least amount of time…and I was wrong.

Here I am 3 months out and cancelling plans because of my dumb, stupid, sore knee.

The reason I’ve started writing again is because I’m making plans to try to help the dumb knee with more exercise and a new diet.  I’m not doing any specific diet but taking inspiration from different diets and getting back to basics.  Less processed foods, less sugar, more meat, more fruit, more veggies, more healthy fats.

I received an offer this morning from a gym I’ve been thinking about joining so I’m taking that as a sign and signing up.

I’ve managed to convince myself that I’m doing okay with my weight and overall health.  facebook-556c26

My jeans are getting snug and my knee gets worse.  There may not be a correlation and I’m no doctor but I know taking some weight off the joint will help so that’s the plan.

It feels good to be back to writing and I’m hoping to have time to write at least a few times during the week but I’ll definitely be posting the meal plans on Monday.  Look for a meal plan later today and have a happy Monday!

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