…before you can start running again. I am now 8 days out from knee arthroscopy. I think I am recovering well per my own standards as myself and as a PT. I am still, however, having some residual soreness on the inside of my knee especially if I overdo. This, however, is totally normal and a sign that I need to ease back into my normal, daily activities. Patience has never been a virtue for me. I think when it came out to doling virtues, I completely skipped over patience and instead took several heaping helpings of ‘pain in the a’ (on my good days).
I am craving to get back outside. The beautiful weather, albeit humid weather, is not helping matters. The one upside to having surgery when I did, is that I generally detest humid summer months when it comes to exercise. And now, I get to miss out on the worst parts of summer (oh wait, that’s usually August) and make my glorious comeback still during the summer (probably in August). I am really not a fan of August.
I saw my Ortho Surgeon this week and he was generally pleased with the outcome of the surgery and how I am currently progressing. When I asked about athletics he said “3-4 weeks” but to initially avoid “pounding activities”. The PT in me says “well yeah, I figured that much”. So my current cardio regimen (or lack thereof) has been to re-establish my ability to tolerate standing and walking. I am now up to 15 minutes on the bike and 15 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Not too shabby for 8 days out.
But I really want to do this rehab thing right. I want to come back to running for realsies (not for fake) and be able to get back to my old distances. That means easing back. That means potentially going to a Good Form Running Clinic (I’ve been eyeing you Dave’s Running) and purchasing a book on Chi Running. I know what I do wrong, now I need to fix it. I’ve managed to correct my heel striking, but now I need to correct my posture both at my trunk and at my hips and knees.
Because really, it’s about running for life. And playing soccer as long as I can. I can’t wait to be back up to running my favorite loops, trails, and courses. And I definitely can’t wait to get back onto a field and pass a ball around. I’m a ways away from being able to tolerate contact, but just frolicking on grass and trying to make my Hubby look dumb in goal are always good, enjoyable times.