Enjoy the little things in life
Sunday, December 06, 2020
Three months ago, a not so smart move, led to severe knee pain. Yea, I’m 60 and my weight was down 42 lbs. I felt invincible. Only a few weeks earlier, I completed the Boston Marathon course on my treadmill during a self-challenge over 24 hours.
The day of my injury, as I ran a virtual 10k race on my treadmill, I decided to bump my speed to a 6:40 pace. Immediately, I realized this was not a good plan. My knee felt as if it was jammed. Being a runner, I finished the 6.2 miles.
Over the next four days I completed two additional six mile runs outdoors on a hilly course.
September 8th was my last run. For many people, maybe no big deal but running has defined my life for 37 years. To say I was devastated is an understatement.
This has been a trying time with limited sleep due to severe pain day or night. My daily steps dropped from 10,000 to 33,000 to barely 1500 - 3500! With limited movement, my 42 pound weight loss began moving in the wrong direction. Insult to injury.
Currently, I’m scheduled for total knee replacement Dec 31. Did I mention I’m a runner. A former collegiate runner and coach. Okay, I have also envisioned myself as the 80 year old marathon runner and maybe even full Ironman. Am I ready to totally give up running, now?
The more I thought about that question, the more I realized I love running!
Since mid- October I’ve been working with an amazing physical therapist who was perplexed with all the swelling and pain continuing in my knee. This is a highly professional and personable young man with a heart for his patients.
I began researching and found a father/son team who have worked with many Olympic and professional athletes over the years with phenomenal stories. Fortunately, Phil Wharton, author of Wharton’s’ Stretch Book (Amazon) responded.
I’m not sure if the orthopedic doctor manipulating my leg, Phil Wharton’s flexibility exercises or what made the difference but my pain level went from an 8 down to a 2.
This was an answer to prayers. My life began to return to normal in this past week. I am thankful beyond measure and hopeful that my surgery date will be pushed out to the far away future.
I have learned to take things one day at a time. Additionally, to stay the course on a healthy eating path no matter what life throws at us. Never lose hope.
“Enjoy the little things in life....some day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”