Monday Mentionings: February 8

What a week, friends! I have so much to catch ya’ll up on this last week.

Monday started out with a visit to the orthopedic doctor.  As I wrote earlier this week, and then wrote some revised thoughts, my meniscus is not torn, and my knee is structurally in tact,.  I ended up with cortisone shots in my hamstring tendon and popliteus tendon, and I was advised to not run for the rest of the week. So I did just that, didn’t run for the rest of the week, and actually didn’t work out at all from Monday until Saturday, due to other things on my schedule and appointments that were previously made.

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Jazzy was sympathetic to my knee frustration, and made me feel better by being cute and cuddly.

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I also took my money tree to work that I bought last weekend, and got it all set up nicely with my other desk pretties.

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Thursday night, I went to Ladies Night at KC Running Co.  I got to spend some quality time with my best, and we got to check out some new Adidas shoes and eat some yummy Burger Fi food.

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Jazzy was super helpful getting ready for something new and exciting that was about to happen! (more to come in a couple pictures…)

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Saturday! I got to run! I met up with Amy and we ran at Black Bob Park, on the gravel trails.  I followed my doctors orders, and only ran 1/2 mile at a time.  We did 1/2 mile of running, followed by a couple minutes of walking, and repeated that 4 times, to run a total of 2 miles.  Overall, my knee felt pretty good… I took a cycle class at the gym before we ran, and my lungs could definitely tell I had no cardio for a week, but other than that, my knee really did feel pretty good, and I was cautiously optimistic for running Sunday at the Kickoff 5k.  We finished out a beautiful Saturday by eating some delish Joes KC BBQ, picking up our race packets for the Kickoff 5k, and getting pedicures!

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Sunday morning was the Kickoff 5k! I wrote a bit about how my knee felt in my race recap, but overall, it was a great race, and my knee did alright.  I’m taking tonight off from running, and will take a cycle class instead, to make sure I’m not doing too much, too quickly.

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Sunday continued to be a busy day! I met up with a my boss from DCF in Hays, and we ate an amazingly delicious Mexican lunch at K-Machos!  I hadn’t seen her in over 6 months; it was really great to catch up!

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Biggest news of the week: World, meet my new ROOMMATE!  Michelle, my bestie for forever, is going to be living with Jazzy and me for a few months!! I’m so excited about this, and I just know it’s going to be a fantastic transition time for what Michelle has going on in her life right now!  We celebrated by unpacking some of her stuff, having pizza and watching the super bowl and drinking huge amounts of wine!  ROOMIES!!

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What did you think of the super bowl commercials? And halftime?  I liked Beyonce and Bruno Mars!  But so many of those commercials were not worth the money, in my opinion.

Kickoff 5k Race Recap

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so you know what that means… the Kickoff 5k took place this morning at Arrowhead Stadium! Last year, Amy and I volunteered this race, and it was cold, wet, and sleeting.  Gross!

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2015 Kickoff 5k

This year, Amy and I had plans to run this race! With my knee issues, I decided to do a walk/run to try to ease back into running, because I think last time after 2 weeks off running, I did too much too fast, and so this time, I knew I wanted to take it easy.

Amy and I picked up our packets and hoodies (race hoodies!) Saturday afternoon, and then I laid out the first Flat Renee of 2016.

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Sunday morning, we headed out to Arrowhead Stadium with over 500 fellow running friends, and ran a 5k before the Super Bowl this evening!

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Photo courtesy KC Running Co.

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My walk/run plan went really well, and I am happy to report that I have a tired and stiff knee, but little to no of the pinchy, naggy pain that I’ve had over the last 6 months.  I ran on the grass as much as I could, and did half a mile of running followed by 1 minute of walking, repeating until the race was over.

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Photo courtesy KC Running Co.

My finish time was about 4 minutes slower than my PR from last summer.   That makes me happy, because I walked for 5 minutes, total, and felt pretty good overall, especially my knee.

I met up with Amy after the race (she had a PR! yay!!) and we visited with some friends, then headed home.

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All in all, this was a fun little race, and I’m so happy that my knee cooperated! I’m not really one to celebrate the Super Bowl, or have a big party, but for those who are, this is a fun race to start off the day!

 

Perspective

My post the other day, about my knee, was a pretty big pity party.  Though I am still very frustrated with the entire situation, I’ve had some changes in my perspective.

I am thankful that structurally, my knee is in tact.

I am thankful to have good, knowledgable doctors, who are committed to finding the root of my issues and helping me fix them.  I am thankful that I have good insurance.

I am thankful that I am otherwise healthy, and able to work toward fixing what is wrong with my back, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and knee.  I am ready to put in the work to ensure my muscles and joints are engaging and working as they should be.

I am excited to use this injury as an opportunity for growth and improvement.  I am thankful that things are about to change in an important way.

I am trying to not think too far into the future.  I don’t know what is going to happen with my three half marathons this spring and first full marathon this fall that I’ve signed up for.  I don’t know if I will be able to run them, walk them, or have to downsize them to shorter races.  Those are issues for another time.  I don’t know about my goals for 2016, they may have to change – it’s too soon to tell.  And if they change, so be it; it’s not the end of the world.  For now, I’m going to do the exercises and stretches that my chiropractor prescribed, and when I’m released to run again, I’m not going to worry about miles or speed; I’m going go in inch by inch.

I know the road will be bumpy, and windy, and slow going, but I’m glad I am on the road to begin with.  I’m thankful for an amazing support system of family, friends, readers, and running buddies.  I know that my situation could be much worse, and I’m embracing my opportunities.

I am still frustrated, don’t get me wrong, but I am tired of being sorry for myself about it.  I am ready to get better, to be stronger and happier and healthier than before, and to run again without pain.

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