Who Put This Fork In My Road? (Part 1)

ImageMany of you are aware that I recently suffered a knee injury. I was convinced that the injury required surgery (meniscus, ligament…) but to my surprise and dismay, I had an over-use injury! Yes, I said dismay! I was drawn to tears in the orthopedic office when he said “the good news is you don’t need surgery, the bad news is that you have some significant issues with your knee joint”…this is what I heard, “lets try some things to take this horrible pain away, but we are not sure if it will work.”

I fear the over-use injury because there is no definitive solution.  Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories……..AHHHHHHHHH! How dare you tell me to rest, but if this will get me back to my old self…I will rest.  And so I rested!  For three months I did no impact activities.  I did not teach kickboxing, I did not run, I changed my entire fitness routine…I biked, I lifted (no deep squats or lunges), I stretched and I rested.  Throughout this time I didn’t feel cured, but the pain did go down a little, the swelling went down, but the range of motion was still questionable. I anticipated the end and excitement grew as I thought about slowly starting my workouts again after the New Year.

New Years was a celebration of freedom. I was now outside the rest period and began to slowly add some impact to my workouts.  After the second day my knee swelled like a balloon, the pain buckled me to the floor and I lost my range of motion again! My fear came true…I was exactly where I was three months ago!

This frustration began to take something inside of me away. I felt like something inside of me died. I LOVE fitness….all types.  I would not say I am a ‘runner’, but I am a triathlete!  If I can’t run, I can’t race! What am I going to do? All I need is to run 3-6 miles…but I can’t even run to the mailbox without pain.

2013 is the Year of Me!  I planned on several triathlons, I had goals of racing with friends in their first sprint distance. My road was set for a fit, fun and fabulous year!

Who Put This Fork In My Road?   (check back for Part 2)

* Share a time in your life when you had to reevaluate your fitness goals due to a fork in the road?….Leave your comments below.

About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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3 Responses to Who Put This Fork In My Road? (Part 1)

  1. xiaolong13 says:

    Over a year ago I had some plantar fasciitis issues. I’m a coach and fitness instructor so I as somewhat embarrassed to have an overuse injury and of course there’s always the ego you have to battle too. I had to stop running and biking for a few months in the Fall/Winter (yes, I gained a few pound during the holidays for the first time in forever). I had had the issues for months, would rest a few days or a couple of weeks and then get back to training as hard as before (hand smack to the head in hindsight). At first it about killed me not to go out for a run or get on a spin bike. I like what you said about ” I felt like something inside of me died.” That’s very similar to how I felt.

    It was also very hard to get back into running and everything when I was cleared to start even though I was starting slowly. It was like I had lost my love for fitness activities. I don’t know if that was just a psychological effect of the deconditioning or in part the frustration of not being as fit as I was. For instance it was so hard to run 2 miles and I had ran several half marathons before that.
    Long story short, I just kept at it and built slowly. The happy ending was I ran 2 marathons last year and made a PR on the 2nd (obviously that was a hard and careful road of training and working with professionals with my foot).

    In summary, having injuries sucks a lot. I’m not going to lie, the down time is no fun and drags on. The good news is it is possible to come back but the amount of time that takes is different for everyone and it may require some changes. Every body is different so you need to work that come back out with your doctor of course, but you know that. Probably the best lessons I learned from my experience was to be conservative in my training (like how I coach my clients, duh), to really listen to my body and what it needs (which I thought I was doing kind of, but I definitely listened to my ego too much too), and to not cut my rest short when it is needed. That was my experience.

    The point of my way too long comment was to give you encouragement. It is heartbreaking to read your story and I don’t even know you (I do listen to the podcast, love it!). Your experience will be your own but you’re the kind of person with the fighting spirit to overcome this set back. And you’ve got a lot of people you don’t even know cheering for your recovery!

  2. Katie, I feel your pain. Literally. I’ve been struggling with issues since last year. What I thought was the worst case ever of ITB syndrome was actually ITB originating from Bursitis. Add to that a hamstring tear/pull so deep into the attachment area that I haven’t run since the Peachtree and that was not with out pain. I get the feelings you are experiencing. I do think I’ve been depressed. I wanted to share with you though that my Ortho sent me to the Pt center at the JCC. One of the therapist there, Michelle, does dry needling. Yesterday was my first appt for this issue and I can tell a huge difference already. Hoping it will stick and hold. If you haven’t done this or heard of it, you may ask your Ortho about it for your knee.
    Good luck and God speed to healthy activity soon.

  3. jmvandenberg says:

    I know it must feel like your life is being derailed, but remember something important. You are a teacher. You teach every week on Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy and you teach all your clients how to live a healthy life. Living with your knee pain may seem annoying, but by learning how to deal with it, heal it, and still live a healthy life you are teaching all of us to do the same with the pains in our life. I do hope you are running again soon.

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