Recovery, training & low carb
Monday, July 22, 2013
So in the last week, I've had a couple of doctor's appointments and a few physical therapy sessions.
Recovery from knee surgery is going well, although it could be better if I wasn't trying to get back into half-marathon training. I'm trying to do what the orthopedic doctor and physical therapist suggest but it's hard to want to back off some of the training when my knee feels so much better than before surgery. My GP put it in perspective today, though, when he talked about how the pounding on the knee will require more "cleaning out" in the future and eventually result in knee replacement, which he said I was too young for. For now, I am replacing one run a week with some stationary biking to ease the stress on the knee.
Diet is still going--low carb, moderate protein, high fat. I haven't seen any progress (weight/fat loss) for a month or longer (really since the surgery in mid May), but the doctor wants me to stick with it anyway. I tried to convince him that we need to change things up somewhere in the diet, but no dice. So, I'm going to stick with it for now. I'm just glad I'm fat adapted now so my training runs (especially the long runs) feel fine with little to no carbs.
The Army may have plans for me in the next few months, but we'll see how it all plays out. Things change so quickly. Meanwhile, I am going to start working part time on a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Nutrition while working full time this fall. I'll have a lot to keep up with, but it's all good stuff.