Monthly Archives: September 2013

MRI Results

I got the results from MRI this past week and found out that I another tear in my meniscus. I need to have another surgery in a month, same as last year. The doctor says the cause is likely osteo-arthritis. The plan is to repair the tear and smooth things out to minimize the chances of a another occurrence. The doctor said at some point in the future, hopefully not for many years, that he will have to tell me to stop running. He recommended developing other cross training activities so that when I can’t run anymore, I will still have something to keep busy.

At least this time I have been able to keep running and riding the bike to keep the muscle strength up. Last time I basically had 5 months of almost no activity prior to surgery then the recovery time. This time I hope the recovery is quicker although I don’t really have plans to run another marathon but likely a half-marathon, maybe the Dexter Ann-Arbor again just to see if I can improve on last time.

I have a 5k on October 12 with my daughter at her college for parents weekend and then my surgery on October 16.

 

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MRI today

I have an MRI scheduled for today. Won’t know anything until another visit to the knee doctor later in the week.

The knee has shown improvement over the last couple of weeks. Not sure if it the knee brace, the rest, or the running strengthening the knee. I’ve wearing the knee brace for each run as well as walking the dog since the dog forces me start/stop and twist which was hurting the knee. I have been keeping the runs to 3-4 miles. I should be ready for the 5k in mid-October with my daughter for her university homecoming weeked, also coincides with her birthday. I’d like to get that time down to 25min but I’m not sure that will be possible. 

After running 2 days in a row, I got the bike out this morning and went for a 20 mile bike ride. I didn’t bring enough to drink but did remember to bring my money and made a quick stop a gas station. Next time I’ll have to bring the Camelback just to be safe or get a 2nd bottle holder for my bike.

More next week after the doctor visit.

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Been awhile…

Its been awhile since my last post. Between now and then, I’ve moved, had my daughter move away to college and been to the doctor for my knee a couple of times.

I moved from the country to the suburbs close to where I grew up. Its been 15 years since I’ve lived in the suburbs and the first time living there since I’ve been a runner.

The move was several months in planning but still took a significant amount of time. We were downsizing to less than half the house. We moved to half the area but also minus the basement and only a single car garage. This has been a painful exercise in clutter removal. We had too much stuff. You tend to fill the space you have and we didn’t think we hoarded too much stuff and were very organized. This made the packing easy but the clutter removal was difficult. My wife sold many things and we ended up donating a ton of stuff as well. Our new place has 3 flights of stairs with 2 flights from the garage to the main floor.  On moving day I climbed over 175 flights of stairs and this was even having movers do the bulk of the work. I now have a very short commute to work that I do much more enjoy than my 30 mile each way that would take 30 min with no traffic. It would normally take 45 minutes on a normal day. Now I’m home in 10 minutes if I get stopped by every light. Getting used to running with the traffic lights has been challenging. We no longer have a yard to let the dog out so we have to take him for a walk 3-4 times a day.

All of this has been easy compared to sending our daughter off to college. She is going to school only 2 hours drive from our new home. When helped her move in last week we were busy and we knew she was going to be coming home in 4 days for the holiday weekend. Now that the holiday weekend is over she has gone back to college and it is much tougher to deal with. My daughter and I are very similar in some ways but very different in other. She is an artist and I’m an engineer but we have many personality similarities. Just this morning my wife was complaining that my daughter was just like me in the morning. For years I would be up eating breakfast with my daughter while she was in middle and high school. We would sit in mostly silence and would just wave to acknowledge each other. This bothered neither of us and still doesn’t to this day. Neither of us wants to talk in the morning. We think she will be home in about 3 weeks to see our friends new baby but it seems like a long time. Then a month after we’ll be going there for parents weekend to run a 5k and possibly go to the homecoming football game. Then a little over a month after that it will be Thanksgiving and she’ll be home and then Christmas break. So it looks like about once a month or so we’ll see her at least for a weekend. In just a few short years she will likely move out for good. I’m not sure how long it will take to get used to her being gone.

I went back to my knee surgeon due the knee pain that keeps coming and going. It has been getting worse over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been biking to get some training in and keep the leg muscles strong. It has started to hurt while walking the dog daily. About 6 weeks ago, I got a cortisone shot which did not do anything. I will be getting an MRI in the next couple of weeks and we’ll see what happens from there. Hopefully a little rest and strengthening  will help get me through the run in October with my daughter.

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