Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I last reported. The reason was……well…..I had nothing new to report. 🙂 I had my partial knee replacement surgery on February 20th and began the slow recovery process. It has been a slow process. I also learned that if I ever had to choose between a knee replacement and a hip replacement…….I would take the hip hands down. For the first 2 months after my knee surgery, I battled a tingling pain in my calf and constant swelling of the knee. I am sure it didn’t help that I had to travel a lot for work. It also didn’t help that the track season started a little over a month after my surgery(I coach at the elementary level). Oh, and then there was Bloomsday. I had a lot to do for that as well. The knee tolerated my constant busy-ness, but the recovery ended up being slower than I expected.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the Bloomsday race this year. At 2 and 1/2 months, my knee still was not ready for running that distance. It was my first “miss” in 36 years. There was a little voice in my head that was telling me to get out there and do it, but my lack of training and my inability to “run races for fun”, made me think better of it. However, I did get to ride on the back of the media truck ahead of the elite runners. Staring down the street at 40,000 plus runners was awe-inspiring. Then, being able to watch the elites battle it out over the 12k course was ridiculously fun. It was a great experience.
My Zero Runner has been good to me, and I was able to start using it at the 2 month mark. Because there is zero impact when using the machine, there was no negative effect on my knee. Starting back to training in the weeks leading up to my 3rd month was still hit and miss. The lower leg was still a bit swollen so I had to ease into my Zero Runner training time. I even sneaked in a few real runs to test the knee. The good part was that the knee pain that I had been experiencing since 2014…..was gone. The bad part was that the rest of my body was so out of shape that I ached for days.
On my 3 month ann-knee-versary, (May 20th), I went out for a 9 mile run on one of my favorite routes. It was a slow trudge, but I was elated to be able to cover that distance again. I am starting to put in more and more outside running time. My times are slow and I know that it will be a while before I am back to my old form. During my downtime, I lost my ability to be active and workout. One thing I didn’t lose was my ability to eat (food is so good). I am now in the process of shedding my winter weight so that I can start running with my running group (The Spokane Distance Project) again.
My advice to all Hip Runners has always been to stay positive, be optimistic and remain hopeful. This experience has forced me to practice what I preach. Admittedly, there have been days of frustration, but for the most part, staying optimistic has kept my spirits buoyed. As each day passes and my knee gets stronger, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Before too long, I hope to be posting race reports.