The Last Year

Hello again ūüôā

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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No Meal Plans+ Lazy Days

I started writing my meal plan on Sunday then I had people come over for dinner that night, then Monday was busy, then Tuesday was trivia….Once it hits Wednesday it gets a little late in the week for meal plans. ¬†I’ll definitely be back next week because it really does help keep me on track.

No meal plans + Not feeling great = Me not eating well and not working out.

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That gif sums up how I’ve felt about everything this week.

I did okay Monday, Tuesday I went out for dinner, Wednesday I ordered pizza…the pizza gave me so many regrets. ¬†I’ve been eating fairly well, so I think the cheesy, greasy pizza was too much.

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I woke up this morning desiring nothing more than to curl back up in bed but I made myself head into work. ¬†I left early, took a 2 hour nap, and am feeling much better. ¬†I think a good night’s sleep and I’ll be back to me.

Part of it is just stress. ¬†I have so much to do coming up in the next few weeks. ¬†It’s exciting, and a bit overwhelming. ¬†Mariners baseball game. ¬†Work conference for a few days. ¬†Flying to Spokane. ¬†Cinderella, the musical. ¬†AND THE COLOR RUN will cap off my multi-weekend craziness then I will sleep for a week ūüėÄ

Sunday I had a great workout but that was my last one. ¬†It doesn’t help that it’s been so rainy all week but I still could’ve gone to the gym.

I have to remind myself of this: ¬†A few bad days doesn’t mean all is lost.

I’m hoping to go out walking tomorrow. ¬†Nothing too intense because¬†I have a 5 mile hike planned for the weekend then I can get back into a routine next week.

I’m going to start¬†a workout plan to help me with running. ¬†I’ve been kind of winging it, and telling myself I’ll just make it up as I go but I think I need to develop some discipline. ¬†My routine last week was to walk every day of the week, at least 3-4 miles. ¬†I would run when I felt like it but that wasn’t very often.

I’m not sure what I’m doing is helping me make progress. ¬†I think I’m going to try one of the couch to 5K plans again. ¬†I have a 5K in a couple weeks, 2 in June, 2 in August, then I think an 8K in October. ¬†That might have to be it for awhile unless I find an amazing deal on something because races can be expensive.

On the subject of expensive I’ll have a post coming out soon about budgeting. ¬†Next month is going to be “Spend No Money May”

That’s all for now. ¬†Just wanted to write a quick post tonight since I missed Monday. ¬†Hope everyone is having a great week! ¬†I’m so glad it’s almost Friday!!!!!

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Rest Day

I almost called in sick today but wasn’t really feeling sick enough to call in sick, just kind of….not really feeling it today…..so I went into work and left early.  I was exhausted for some reason so I decided to listen to my body and take a rest day but it was challenging.

Even as I left work I contemplated going to the gym for a quick mile or two then decided a better option would be to get home, put my feet up, get some ice on my aching ankles, take some ibuprofen, and rest.  That’s what I’ve been trying to do today but I keep thinking about how I can’t wait to get back to the gym tomorrow.

I’m so excited because I had my best mile time yesterday.  The problem is I also have a little voice in my head telling me it’s not that impressive.  I’m still super slow but I have to keep reminding myself that my times are all about me.  All about my goals and the little accomplishments along the way.  It’s so easy to think what you’ve accomplished isn’t good enough compared to other people.

I guess the point I make by writing what keeps popping into my head is to not compare yourself to everyone around you.

Work at your own pace.  Set your own goals.  Crush your goals.

Most importantly:  Celebrate your success along the way!

Here is my little bit of success……I jogged/walked my fastest mile to date, 17:46!  I’m slowly working my way to my 15 minute mile goal.  I’ve been walking more than jogging but yesterday was more jogging.

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I think I’m extra excited because it felt good.  I felt like I found a groove or a rhythm, like I began to understand why people like running so much.  I’m also helped by an amazing support group at work who proceeded to high five me and tell me I did a good job when I meekly said, “I jogged almost an entire mile yesterday.”  They help keep me motivated.

 

I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow and Friday then maybe a short walk/jog on Saturday.  I have a 5K on Sunday so I’m trying not to overdo it too much but also want to keep myself moving.

I’ve decided on 4 days a week at the gym, one rest day during the work week, an active weekend day, and a rest day on the weekend, basically 5 days on, 2 days off.  Not that I’ll be laying on the couch during my rest days but won’t be as focused on getting a work out in on those days….unless I really feel like it.

I’m going to see if this little runners’ high carries over into the upcoming weeks, and if so I’m going to be shopping for some new shoes.

That’s all for now.  I’m off to lounge a bit more before my early bed time tonight.  Hope the week is treating everyone well!  We’re almost to the weekend!  ūüôā