Running Shape

I guess I took for granted how easy it is to maintain endurance when you’re fit. I could run just fine in the heat. I could run after taking two weeks off, come back to running, and my lungs still felt good.

They do not feel good right now.

I’ve been jogging more and more now that I’m cleared from PT and have proven that my knee could literally take a pounding again (9 mile run in June – even if it was quite a slow pace…). But man is it HARD.

As a teenagerimg_0215 in high school, I can remember grueling track meets where I got PR’s in the mile… And that’s how difficult my run felt yesterday.

Except I definitely didn’t PR in the mile. I barely kept a 10 minute pace and I was hurting.

Just two years ago I was running sub-7 mile repeats for 5+ miles like it was no problem. Just last year I was doing sprinting workouts and my lungs could handle it like a champ while I Aqua-ran or did bike workouts.

But I fell out of my routine when my appendix came out, and by the time I was well enough to exercise I had knee surgery. And let’s just say it was really easy to follow the whole “rest and recover” instructionsI got complacent with my easy PT exercises after surgery and now my lungs and my muscles are out of shape.

It sucks to train from ground 0. I’m still doing my PT exercises to keep my VMO, hamstrings, hip flexors and quads strong. I’ve finally felt comfortable enough to include more intense exercises to my routine like reverse lunges on a physio ball, wallsits and short sprints in my routine again.

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I’m feeling a little sore today – but in a good way! It’s going to be an uphill battle but I know if I can push through the next couple of weeks my body will adapt and I will be SO happy when it does!

 

Knee Surgery

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!

  So ready! 

Dear Coach: Setbacks & Surgeries

My last blog post was months ago and I blamed it on a busy schedule. But I can happily report that after that, I started jumping in on work outs with my athletes (fun & hard!) and going straight to the gym after work so I couldn’t change my mind. I also made use of all my personal equipment and did a lot of quick workouts in my room at home when I couldn’t get to the gym. I mainly used my resistance bands to perform various arm exercises, did body weight exercises for my legs, and used my physio ball to target my back and core. I even jump roped for cardio in my driveway…  Which is WAY harder to do for 10 minutes than I remember it being as a child. 

However, late October and November have been a ride. I’ve recently had a few health setbacks that have forced me to scale way back on my workouts.

I had a stomach bug that sapped me of all energy for a week, then just a couple weeks later when I was finally back in my groove, I had to have my appendix removed unexpectedly. (I hope you enjoy the photo I provided! I’ve never had surgery and the pain medicine I was given was quite a trip! LOL) This surgery has proven to be a lot more of a pain than I thought! Even though the appendectomy is done laparoscopically and is minimally invasive, ten days later I am still getting winded, still have tenderness in my belly, and still can’t cough or sneeze without wanting to cry. I’m not supposed to be exercising for at least another two to three weeks and when I start again, I’ll have to start at half the weight I was using. This is to ensure my abdomen muscles heal fully and I don’t give myself a hernia.
Between my knee issues (fun fact: I also have an upcoming surgery in February to remove an irritated plicae and clean up the scar tissue around my meniscus…) and my appendix, this has not been the comeback year I was hoping for after that stress fracture I had last year!

I’ve lost over five pounds of muscle and while I’m pretty lean, I’d much rather be strong. I’m itching to get back to exercising and put some weight back on. I am both cursed that I slim down quickly and lucky that my body tones quickly. For me, given my smaller stature to begin with and the fact that I’ve lost some weight rather quickly, it’s so important that I strengthen and build some muscle back before I start doing any running. I certainly don’t want to re-fracture because of these unplanned recent events!

Everyone has setbacks, gets sick, suffers an injury or has to have an emergency surgery some time! It definitely is frustrating. It’s exhausting to start all over again and lose gains and progress. But we’ll get back and hopefully exceed our goals! Just remember all the reasons why pushing on is important to you and tap into that motivation when you’re healed. 💪🏼🏆