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!

10K Number 2. Done.

Meal plans will be back next week.  If you make it to the end of the post you will see they are desperately needed…but in the meantime here’s exciting racing news 😀

I completed my second 10K on Sunday.  Shin splints kicked in right at the beginning and I honestly didn’t think I would finish.

I was alone.

I didn’t have anyone to push me so I had to count on myself.

As cheesy as it may sound, I had to dig real deep and decide that I wasn’t going to quit.  I had to think back to words of encouragement from my friends and family.   Part of me became self-conscious because I knew I was close to last place but the other part of me chimed in with a reminder “You’re faster than everyone sitting at home right now”  It was that part of me that pushed me forward, that part of me that decided even if I hobbled in last I was going to finish.

I did finish and I wasn’t last.  I beat 7 other people so I’ve got some room to improve.  I did set a new PR….Seeing my min/mi time below 17:00 was awesome!  I shaved 3:00 off my last 10K, which doesn’t sound like much but it’s a big deal.

FullSizeRender (18).jpgI also failed to realize where the camera was located.  It’s not my most flattering pic but it shows me finishing something I didn’t think I could do.

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I was excited to add another medal to my growing collection and can’t wait to add more.  I’m going to have to start using the other end of the bookcase or find an alternative display.

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I have 3 more 5K’s planned this summer plus an 8 mile run in August.  I find it so hard to believe this all started from finding someone else who said, “Yes, a 5K sounds like fun”  It stemmed from not just saying, “Let’s do it” to actually registering and going.  I’ve now completed 6-5K’s and 2-10K’s.  My goal is to do at least one more 10K this year, maybe October.

The BIG, ULTIMATE goal, and I put that in all caps because it’s a BIG deal…..is the Disney World Half Marathon.

I registered today.  It’s going to happen.  Nothing like spending more than you ever thought you would spend on a race to get you motivated.

Thank you to my brother to taking my idea for a goal and saying, “Here’s the one we should do” and helping to make it a reality.

I’m nervous because you have to be at the minimum at a 16:00 mile pace but I keep reminding myself that I’m not far from that…but I tend to hover around 17:00-18:00 if I’m not really pushing…but I used to be at about 20:00 so I’m constantly improving.

Also, I have 8 months to train.

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I’m trying to walk 4-5 miles at least 3-4 times a week.  Tomorrow will be my first day trying to go to the gym in the early hours for a quick weight training session…ugh.  I hate mornings.

Nutrition needs to get back on track.  Late nights out walking, plus no meal plans leaves me grabbing take out, or like tonight realizing it’s after 7PM and all I’ve eaten for dinner is half a bag of chips and a handful of chocolate eggs….not exactly the meal of someone trying to improve their running times…but I’ll do better tomorrow!  I did good all day but let myself stress eat a little bit tonight 😦

Hope everyone is having a great week!  It’s going to be a busy few weeks but I’ll do my best to check in for a quick post and will definitely be writing meal plans on Sunday that do not include chocolate eggs 😉

A Brief Hiatus

I’m going to be busy for the next week or so and don’t anticipate getting any writing done during that time frame.  I recently became an Auntie so I’m going to meet my new nephew and plan to focus on enjoying my time with him, as well as my brother and sister in law 🙂

Things that I’ll be continuing to work on:

  1.  Stretching every night.  I’ve skipped a few nights and can really feel it so starting tonight it’s back in the routine.
  2. No french fries 😮  I told a coworker I was going to try going without fries for a couple months.  She asked if I was doing it for Lent, so I said yes and she said she would do it too.  It’s weird because since I’ve given them up I want them more but I’m going to persist through this and explore other side options when I go out to eat.
  3. Walking-Jogging-Running.  My next 10K is coming up in April and right now I’m a little nervous about it so I want to get back into walking regularly.  I’ve kind of slacked off the last couple weeks, using the “stress” and “busy” excuse.  “I’m way too busy and stressed out to work out!!”  Reality is always I can take 30 minutes to go to the gym or go for a walk outside.
  4. Relaxing and enjoying vacation!!  It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a real vacation so I’m very excited!

Hope everyone has a great week!

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I’ll be back weekend after next with a new goal of writing every day!