Friday, June 07, 2013
So, an update. On May 4, I ran my second half marathon. For the first 7+ miles, I was on pace for a PR, running about 10:20/mile. However, knee pain set in and became pretty severe the last 2-3 miles, forcing me to alternate between walking and running to finish. I had an appointment to see a sports medicine orthopedic doc on MOnday, May 6. He took x-rays and immediately saw what the problem was--traumatic damage to the kneecap and cartilage from an apparent "dashboard-type" injury. Well, I knew exactly when that injury occurred since it happened in the very last hockey game I played in March of last year. At the time, I thought it was a re-injury of my ACL and my orthopedic doc at the time must have as well since he took no x-rays but just gave me a cortisone shot and told me I shouldn't play hockey again.
On May 15, I had arthroscopic surgery to repair 3 areas of damaged cartilage and to remove plica. The doc also got a good look at my ACL and pronounced it "good". So now I'm in recovery, which is only supposed to last 6 weeks. I have 3 weeks left, but am still not allowed to even walk for exercise, much less think about running--at least for another week and a half. I'm signed up for a 10K in Atlanta at the beginning of July but now even walking it seems questionable.
At any rate, I'm looking forward to getting past this annoying recovery time and getting back to training for a half marathon this fall, and hopefully, conditioning for the fall hockey season. I guess we'll see what the doc thinks about that first ;) Still going with the low carb, no sugar diet the doctor put me on in March although I am not being so strict about documenting my numbers, which is actually making the way of eating easier to follow somehow. I'd like to lose 10-15 more pounds eventually.