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Q’s Quest for BQ

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August 11, 2017: My 5th wedding anniversary (yay!) – which my husband I celebrated with an early wake up call to go to my (4th) ACL surgery. He’s the best – seriously.

86 days later:ย Getting ready for a big follow-up doctor’s appointment tomorrow morning that I’m hoping will result in the OK to get back to running and exercising beyond the PT exercises that I have been doing every day for the last 83 days! Cross your fingers.

Alicia suggested that I blog about my comeback – which I think is a great idea! I decided to call this blog Q for BQ – taking from my childhood nickname of Q, but it’s also my quest to finally get a BQ, which got derailed last summer. I’m looking for a little bit of delayed gratification, which Shalane Flanagan got today in her NYC Marathon win. Such an inspiration for all runners – especially coming back from an injury.

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Countdown: 308 days until September 9, 2018 and the Erie Marathon. Here we go.

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Getting There

I’m obviously nowhere back to normal – yet. But, I’m getting there!

Last week on Monday, I did 2 workouts (thanks, Alicia!), and I have done walk-runs 3 days in a row…building up to alternating between 1.5-2 minutes running for every 5 minutes.

And, I feel like I can do most stuff at the gym – not all, but most. Even my trainer mentioned that it seemed like I was really getting back into the swing of things. So, all good news. Have just been a little busy lately, so my posts have been lacking.

Next up: Dr. appointment (hopefully the last follow-up) on February 5. Here’s hoping all goes swimmingly!

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Feeling Alive

I’ve been doing lots of exercise the past few days, and I’m loving it. Walk-runs both Saturday and Sunday (brr), and a Nike Metcon workout at OYM tonight. To my surprise, I was able to do nearly everything in the workout (just no sprinting yet, lest Dr. Labelle kill me). ๐Ÿ™‚

Love these highs of feeling like I’m back – I know there’s a long way to go, but I’m making progress!

(The first pic below is the beautiful totally frozen Chicago River Sunday AM; the second picture shows all of my current Nike training shoe options – the most recent the Metcon 4 in the middle from tonight’s workout at OYM – the others are both Free TR 7s.)

 

Playing the Mental Game

Whoops, it’s been a minute. No big excuse, really. Things have been going well; I’ve gotten up to 45 seconds of running (4:15 walking), with no problems. That was before the snow came – I’m still hesitant to push it with the snow – not worth it.

So the mental game? In the last couple weeks, I have been getting a slight popping in my knee when walking. Not any weird movement – just normal walking – and no pain or anything. Of course, I got all worried and convinced myself something was wrong. Didn’t talk to anyone about it until this past Saturday (because if you ignore it, maybe it will just go away?). Then, I broke down to Mike (God bless him). All the doubts came in; I started really worrying. The good news? After I talked to my doctor’s office yesterday and explained my symptoms, they assured me I had nothing to worry about and it sounded completely normal. Whew!

Mind over matter.

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(Tied for first in our AG in a 2016 10K)

A Year Ago Today

Right about this time a year ago, I was having my first knee surgery with Dr. LaBelle – this one was much simpler than the ACL, and on my other knee. I’ll spare you the “after” pictures – this is when I was about to head in.

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A year later, and I’m still working on rehabbing the other knee – but I’m making progress. Today was my first time back at Pilates!! Thanks to Alicia for the push – though I don’t remember it being quite so hard a last spring ๐Ÿ˜‰

ElliptiGO: 37:30

This past weekend, I had another opportunity to enjoy the ElliptiGO outside at Busse Woods (most of the time, it’s attached to a trainer at home, making it as boring as a regular elliptical). I had such a great time and felt so good that I actually lost track of time…giving me my longest continuous workout in a very long time – close to 40 min if we’re rounding up. ๐Ÿ™‚

ElliptiGO for the win!

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Being real…some days are rough!

It’s been over a week since I posted anything – mostly because I’ve been frustrated. I knew it wouldn’t be all rainbows and sunshine, but some days are freaking hard! While I know that I need to take things slow, I wanted to at least have the feeling of being ready to do more. So, not feeling so good when running (for just 30 sec at a time!) was rough – really rough. So, yeah, that’s reality.

But, on the bright side, I know feel like I have a plan to make it better. My awesome physical therapist (Marc at Athletico West Loop) suggested that I come in for an exercise review. In doing so, he helped me to figure out that I have an irritated tibialis anterior muscle – the one that goes down the outside of the shin. It’s my body’s way of rebelling from having to do more than rest. So, now I have a solution (stretch, massage, repeat), and I’m not freaking myself out!

ALSO, today was my first day back at the gym for a workout in over 5 months. Yeah, it’s been a minute. I am so excited to get into the gym again and build my strength back. While I certainly have a looong way to go (and will no doubt be sore tomorrow), it felt good to add something back from my pre-injury routine!

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