So if you read the about section you know I’m a distance runner. I don’t like to get up for less than a 10K, it just seems like a waste of time. Get in your car, park, line up, run for 30 minutes or less, rarely more than 45 and come home. Most times I spend more time in the car than I do on the course. So in 2015, I decided to take a break….. a break… then I blinked.
Suddenly it was December (2016) – yep without even realizing it 11 months had come and gone and I had only completed one 1/2 marathon and probably only one or two training runs over 4 miles. I had officially stopped running. I wish I could say that it was due to injury. Not that I wish to be injured but because then I feel like I had a valid reason for not running, but to be honest with myself I just didn’t feel like it. I didn’t feel like getting up at 4:30 a.m. to get my run in before work. I didn’t feel like going after working for 10 sometimes 12 hours. I didn’t feel like taking another shower or doing more laundry. Yep, you guessed it, I kinda just stopped feeling anything, except work.
Fast forward to this past December (2017) and I have had my knee scoped. The knee issues surfaced over the past year when what was probably an old tear in my meniscus because caught on a piece of cartilage, kinda like a hangnail. My orthoscopic surgeon described it that way because it wasn’t the tear hurting me, but like a hangnail, when it gets caught it’s very painful. I was very conservative and tried resting, using a brace with limited weight barring exercises, and tried to lose the 40 some pound I had put on in the last 18 months. But the pain persisted, so we agreed to go in and clean it out. Post surgery I’m doing very well. The cartilage is still solid and with some weight loss and strength training, I should be able to get a few more years before possible arthritis makes it necessary to do something different.
So I’m starting over – I don’t have to do rehab but the knee still has pain, so until I am cleared to run, I am doing the elliptical every other day. Now mind you I hate the elliptical, it’s hard and my lungs can’t take much. So I’m building up very slowly, just 5 minutes per workout and growing by 5 minutes a week. The plan is to be at 30 minutes by the end of my 8 weeks no-running rehab.
Here’s the plan:
- Start a blog to share my journey and hopefully inspire and motivate others.
- Share as I research and find other exercises, workouts, nutrition, stretches… basically everything I can think of to help get me out there.
- Do some group training challenges such as squats, planks, push-ups to help us all get rolling this year.
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