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3. WORKIN’ ON MY FITNESS

In April 2010 I was in a bicycling accident and injured my left knee. Without realizing it I continued to bike and run and after a month or so found myself in a lot of pain. My doctor prescribed rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories for six weeks. Life got away from me and after a few months of it not getting any better I visited a orthopedic surgeon. In October 2010 I had a lateral release on my left knee to realign my knee cap and repair torn cartilage. After 4 months of physical therapy I wasn’t healing the way my doctor thought I should and in March of 2011 I had a second surgery to remove built up scar tissue and smooth down more shredded cartilage.

After 6 months of strengthening my knee with biking and the elliptical I decided I wanted to try running again. I started out with a sporadic “run as long as I can” approach which wasn’t working. One day I could run a mile, the next day I could barely run for three minutes, etc. I’ve decided to use Prevention Magazine’s Turn Your Walk Into a Run program that I used when I first started running to start over from the beginning and give my knee and my body the chance to start slow and work up to where I want to be. Since I’m already in fairly good shape I might skip ahead sometimes, but I want to be able to track my progress here.

I plan to start this in the new year since starting any kind of workout plan right before the holidays is bound to be a big old fail, but I will track my daily workouts which will probably be some variations on this plan.

01/05/2012 – Running 1/2 mile outside
01/06/2012 – Elliptical 30 minutes
01/10/2012 – Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plan For Physical Fitness

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