Last Saturday I ran for the first time since February! And obviously I didn’t ease back into things…
I spent last week on a La Vida wilderness excursion in the Adirondacks in NY with a group of my students. I chaperoned the trip and had two knowledgable and fun Sherpas to work with. We rock climbed, hiked, canoed, portaged and did other camp things.
On the final morning back at base camp, there is a tradition where participants are driven off site and run 9 miles back to base camp. I figured I would give it a shot and walk a while, then jog for a few minutes, then walk again.
Well obviously I’m horrible at pacing myself when it comes to these things. (Re: stress fracture).
One of my students who ran cross country for the first time this year paired up with me and we did fabulous together! We ran the entire 9 miles with only short walking and stretching breaks here and there! We finished in 1 hour and 50 minutes. I’m so shocked that I was able to:
- Run 9 miles
- Run 9 miles without my knee swelling up
- Run 9 miles at a ~10 minute pace
It’s definitely not where I was before, or where I want to be, but that is darn good for a first run back. I’m so happy! I enjoyed the post run muscle soreness and am pleased to say my lungs didn’t mind the exercise one bit.
I wouldn’t say I’m free of the exercise bike completely, but I’m definitely getting back to running!
My La Vida crew!
It’s officially been 3 months since my knee surgery and I’ve just complete my physical therapy. Thankfully, my knee didn’t need huge repairs. I had a plica removed that was causing cartilage to tear on my patella – so it’s a good thing I had it done because that damage would have only progressed! I still can’t bend my knee completely and certainly can’t do squats or run yet.
So, since PT ended and I needed to continue strengthening, I indulged myself and bought an indoor cycling bike on Amazon. The bike is great! For $199 I got a solid, very adjustable, handsome bike!
The only problem is I hate it as much as I love it. Does that even make sense?
I hate it when I first get on because:
A) I’m still weak-ish, so my knee can be achey (what did I expect?)
B) I slacked off a lot after surgery so I’m out of shape-ish, so it’s hard (lol duh)
C) I would just rather be running.
But then once I’m about 15-20 minutes in, I love it! I’m sweating, I’m breathing heavier, my leg muscles are working hard and I remember how much I just love the feeling of exerting my body. So by the time I get off, I love the bike again.
A weird phenomenon, but one I’ll have to get used to as it will be a while until I can really run for a workout again.
I’m waiting to be taken into the OR as I write this. It might sound weird but I’m actually excited to have this procedure done because that means my knee will actually be able to heal and I’ll actually be able to run again.
I’ve tried PT, stretches and strengthening exercises, knee braces, and more but any time I jog at all my knee swells up like a balloon. At just 24, I don’t want to abstain from running altogether. I’d rather have this minor, minimally invasive surgery done to fix it 100%!
The MRI I had done showed a few potential issues causing my problems, but the doctor said he’ll have a better idea once he’s inside my knee. There is a symptomatic plica and some scar tissue around my meniscus for sure, but there’s a chance I need my meniscus repaired or who knows what it’ll look like in there.
All I know is I’ll feel great in 6 weeks when I’m done PT and can start jogging! YAY!