A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The light at the end of the tunnel.

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I am trying not to write about my knee recovery every day. I don't want this to become "The Injury Recovery Blog", but it's a big thing that's going on in my life, so I have to talk about it from time to time.

As you know, I was down in the dumps for awhile, but about a week ago, I turned over a new leaf. I am trying to focus on all the wonderful things I can do rather than the things I can't do.

Well, I have exciting news, my friends! I have made some AWESOME progress in the last week and a half...


Things I couldn't do a week and a half ago... 
but I can do them NOW!


85% of the stretches I would like to do

Run for 18 minutes on the treadmill

Bicycle crunches
(previously, I could not bend my left leg 
enough without it hurting)

Wall sits

Lat pull downs
(because of having to tuck your 
legs under the padded thingie...)


I am a month out from my surgery and I have to be happy about this progress. My knee is not 100%. There are things I can't do- but that's not what this post is about. Believe me, I question the progress it is making all the time. But if I look at the facts I listed above, have to believe that it is on the mend. 



I have to believe I am closer to being 100% better than 0% better.

I have to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Part of me doesn't even want to think about the light at the end of the tunnel because it still seems too good to be true.


What's at the end of my tunnel?

Trail runs
Back yard circuit workouts
Running with friends
Lifting lower body
Sunshine, fresh air, and sweat
Speed work
Hills
Running highs
Boston


These things are not mine right now, but they will be soon. I have to believe it!



Route 1, California, 2012


No questions, just your thoughts!

17 comments:

  1. Yay for making progress! I also have to keep myself in check each day to make sure i'm not always whining about my own knee pain on the blog. It's tough not to talk about things that are a big part of your life. Right now your life is about your recovery and that's ok! Talk about it and celebrate it!

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    1. Aw thank you! There's def a difference between whining and writing about it... I try to balance it out!

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  2. I totally get it!! I took a circuit class (I modify anything that will hurt my calf) and walked out to the beach and just tried to do a little beach running. Nope. I hate being in any negative kind of space, but I can't help but totally regretting doing the half marathon. :( It's frustrating...but no amount of sad thinking is going to change my current situation, so like you I have to find ways to spin the circumstances. Tough I know...

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    1. I hate negativity too! I am trying very hard to be thankful for what I AM capable of.

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  3. Great picture, what a pretty view :) yaaa for progress! I had to take 6 weeks off when I had a hysterectomy and I was nervous, about gaining weight, about how sensitive my stomach was when I started exercising again... and you know after 8 weeks I felt pretty darn good. Looking back now it didn't take long after that and I was thankful for the 9 weeks off, it completely changed the quality of my life for the better :) I hope you will be able to look back at the time off one day and think that as well.

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    1. I had to keep 'adjusting' my time off ...lol but it's okay we all heal at different rates.

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    2. Wow, thank you, that is a really good point! I'm definitely trying to find meaning and goodness out of all of this. :)

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  4. Awesome positivity! I'm sure this beginning part of the healing process will be the slowest too. Pretty soon you'll be able to double and then triple the time you can run! :)

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    1. Augh good point! I hope you are right :)

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  5. You're so right! Closer to 100% is much better than being closer to 0%! You are doing great at staying positive. I know I'd be going nuts. I keep sending you healing thoughts!

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    1. Oh part of me is going nuts every. single. minute. I mean, imagine walking into the gym every morning and seeing EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE TREADMILL. I hate it!!!

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  6. I'm pretty sure a month after surgery I would still be sitting on my butt. You are doing awesome!!

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  7. Thoughts: Keep thinking positively! I'm trying to, as well! :-)

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  8. I'm really loving your positivity as you notice the steps you're making toward full recovery. SO awesome! I'm so happy for you!

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