Thursday, March 19, 2015

One Doctor Down

Part of getting ready to start training for a full marathon is getting all my proverbial ducks in a row. A lot still rests on seeing the cardiologist and getting his approval of course. But today I went to have me knee checked about. It's been bothering me for some time. Fortunately it's not anything serious, I just have to baby it for awhile. Mostly, he said it's wear and tear translated means I'm old! But my kneecap is a little too tight - it's not moving correctly. Basically - it's runner's knee.

So, treatment means doing some strengthening exercises, icing after workouts, wearing a light brace and taking anti-inflammatory meds. He offered a couple different types of shots - I was like "No!" I don't do shots in a joint! According to the exercises I have to do them until certain criteria is met.

I'm a member of a great Facebook running group and they are helping to keep me in line. I've promised them that I'll do the exercises, icing and meds from now until the OKC Memorial Half next month. So- I started tonight.

I'm not so good at being "good." However, this group has been instrumental in helping me learn a few life lessons here. It is worth it to take care of my body - and I am worth it too. To be honest - I never thought of it quite like that. But I'm determined to do this thing right. I've made a lot of major changes lately to ensure the congestive heart failure (CHF) doesn't become more of a problem. I have to if I want to run; and I want to run.

And before I begin training for a full I have to make even more changes. I'm not really good with change. I'm a very scheduled and methodical person. Change can be rough - I can eventually adjust, but initially I typically fight and fuss a lot. But I am determined to not just deal with CHF and other issues that present themselves particularly as I age, I'm going to live with CHF. I will continue to do as much as I can for as long as I can - but that means I have to be good, and take care of myself.

As far as training I did cross training tonight in taekwondo. It's been great cross training for me and I actually feel my stamina getting better as well as my body getting stronger. I had to learn to warm-up properly and since I did that - I feel really good when class is over.

The key to getting to start training is really listening to my body. I have to be so careful to not overdo. I have a lot of people cheering me on and helping me in many different ways. I'm really used to being alone - so this is going to be different from the last full I did. Really - everything is different from here. My body is different - but I believe if I listen to it this time and train careful and smart - I can do this thing. And this time - I won't be doing it alone. I think I like that.


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