Cleared to Run and Other Good News
Sunday, May 06, 2012
So, this past Friday I went to see the Orthopedist with the MRI scans of my left knee. The doctor looked over the images with me and said that he doesn't see a stress fracture or a torn meniscus (although he noted that the radiologist did note something "suspicious" but wasn't convinced that it's a torn meniscus and the orthopedist said that he didn't see what the radiologist was talking about). Anyway, the upshot is I can go back to running - with three caveats: back off on the mileage, start slowly and don't increase the mileage more than 1/4 mile per week. Ok...I can live with that. It means that I can do 5Ks and 10Ks this year but the half-marathon's are probably out and the Marine Corps Marathon is definitely out for this year. A bummer, yes, but it certainly beats the possibility of arthroscopic surgery.
The other good news is that even though I was sick in April, had my training completely interrupted by the injury and Passover, I still lost 1.8 lbs last month so that I'm down to 186.6! W00t! Yeah that's not the 8 lbs I lost in March but hey, I was sidelined for a few weeks. 1.8 lbs down is certainly better than 1.8lbs up! Now that I'm cleared to run again (although I'll wait another couple of weeks before I do) I feel that I can get moving again on getting the rest of the weight I want to get off - off! I'm going to substitute elliptical, cycling (both trail/mountain and road), weights and swimming to give me a workout. Then, towards the end of the month I'll start on running again.
To be honest, I had expected to gain weight in April due to all the interruptions and the injury. I was absolutely stoked that I actually went down in weight!