How I'm going to stay fit with an injury
What I originally thought was a torn meniscus is actually a torn ACL. Shit. That's a much longer recovery time.
When I found out, I was pissed. Sad. Upset. Annoyed. It was such a shock because I was expecting something a lot less severe.
I have 2 races planned for this Fall/Winter, and the first time I cried about this injury was when my doctor told me I wouldn't be able to run them. I straight up burst into tears. That silent sobbing, know what I mean? It was terrible and awkward for everybody.
So enough with the sad. Let's talk about recovery and how I'm not gonna get fat again even though I can't run for a while.
A long while.
I've still been in the gym with my torn ACL.
crazy person boss.
I might be singing a different tune after surgery.
But we'll see.
Surgery is next week. Fun fact: They're using a tendon from a cadaver to repair me. (Science!) Then maybe one day when I'm gone, they'll use the same tendon to fix someone else. It's like inception. With body parts. (This took a weird turn.)
Right now I weigh 135, and I don't intend to weigh more when I'm done with recovery. Here's how I plan to maintain.
Decimals totally don't count on the scale.
I weigh 135 and I shan't hear another word about it.
Real talk: I'm not a doctor. This is my plan for staying at my size while I'm out with an injury.
ONE - Clean up your diet. It's not that I eat terrible food all the time, but I do sometimes and now I can't bank on my 10-milers to work off those calories.
Gonna be eating a lot more fruit instead of cheeseburgers. Gonna get my water intake up and chew gum when I have cravings. (All things I already do, I just need to be more strict about it.)
Red Solo fruit cup
Do you really want that cheeseburger, or is it just convenient? Do you really need that ice cream, or are you eating it because you're bored? Fitness is 70% what you eat and 30% working out.
TWO: Stay determined. I still have goals that don't involve running (or my legs in general, womp womp). I really want to be able to do a pull up. This is the perfect opportunity to build my arm and core strength.
There are LOTS of arm exercises you can do with a leg injury. As in, most of them. (I cannot confirm or deny whether my triceps are on fire as I type this.) Google it. Know your limits, though and don't do it if it's going to hurt you worse. Don't be dumb.
Abs are a little trickier, but there are still a ton of workouts you can do depending on your injury. My leg won't bend or straighten (it's at kind of a natural bend that makes me walk like an elderly pirate). I can rock some weighted V-crunches like nobody's business. I can't do burpees. It's about knowing your limits. (Would it help if I posted my actual workouts?)
THREE: Be a good patient. My friends joke that I'm the worst patient ever because I abandoned my crutches the day after I got them, but if I can walk, I'm gonna walk. That's just how it is. Crutches are a pain right in the ass and I'm over it.
That said, I'm gonna listen to my doctor post-op. I'm not gonna miss a single physical therapy appointment. What's more important, running one half marathon in November or making a full recovery so you don't have lifelong issues? Full recovery, please and thank you. You have to live with your body, you might as well take care of it.
FOUR: Stay positive. It's easy to get down about being injured. I was. I still am a little bit. Now I'm staying focused on this new challenge and how I'll be able to shred my arms and abs.
Runtastic is the app I use for running.
I wanted to throw my phone into the wall when I got this notification yesterday.
That's a dick move, app.