Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2016 - A year of changes

Most often when I write blog posts, I have a general idea of what I'm going to write and struggle with the title.  This time, I know EXACTLY what the title needs to be but have no idea what in the world the actual content is going to be about. I only know one thing - changes. 2016 will indeed be a year of changes for the now pudgy boring runner.

This morning I went in for my 4 month (and last) post-surgery checkup.  (I should first note that the speed and efficiency by which my surgeon racks up $300 with an office visit is a thing of beauty.) Anyway, he confirmed essentially what I had been thinking for the last 2 months:

The surgery didn't work.

I knew going in that it was going to be a 50/50 shot on fixing the issue. The patellar tendon is one that doesn't heal very well. So, what he said was that there was little more that he could do and that after about 6 more months of waiting I would know what kind of knee I had to work with.

As to not be 100% doom and gloom, he did say that there are certainly instances where it suddenly heals itself 4+ months after surgery. Plus, I am a pretty slow healer, so I could just be way behind the curve. Plus, there are a few experimental procedures that I could have done. Finally, I'm not going to hurt it much more than it already is.  So as long as I can put up with the pain, game on.  But, either way 2016 will be a year of 2000 yearly running goals or even a marathon goal.  I'm now running for FITNESS.

Hiking for FITNESS!

More hiking....FOR MORE FITNESS!

Ugh, "fitness".  How did I loath the guys at the gym who would hop on the treadmill for their "20 minutes of cardio". Now I am one! Irony is a cruel mistress. So, 2016 will have me focusing on my fitness instead of my marathon goals.  What does that mean?  Well, I think that it means that I'll be doing a lot more:

  • Biking (which, doesn't hurt my knee TOO bad)
  • Hiking (I might try a 14'er w/ Laura to see how my knee does. What is the worst that could happen? Fall off a cliff!? Pshhhh)
  • Swimming (I really need to join a gym w/ a pool)
  • Pushups (Hellooooo new years resolution)
  • ??????

So, the blog might change in focus a bit.  But, so long as beer has an ungodly amount of calories, I'll still be doing something to burn them off!

 Stomach sweat says "Ohhhhhhhh!!!"


50by25 said...

I don't understand with all your beer brewing why you haven't started working on a no-calorie (but still high-alcohol) beer. Your knee didn't respond to science so perhaps your brewing can also not conform?

Dilnad said...

You're a fighter and an inspiration. The kind of person deserving of a little magical blind luck and my gut tells me it will come. Keep fighting man!! My Spidey sense says your days of toenail loss aren't over!!

Gracie said...

Terribly sorry to hear about your knee surgery. But the body is pretty amazing, and you might heal some on your own; plus, new techniques are being developed all the time. The solution could be a few months or years away. said...

Sorry to hear about the knee. I'm glad you are making the best of it though. I took a backpacking in college and I enjoyed hiking but haven't been really since. I always enjoy seeing updates from you Adam and I hope you finally get closure.

Eric Eagan said...

As long as this doesnt become " The Boring Blogger" we are all good.

Book Dragon said...

I'm with Eric on this one. Of course, my goal is to run the year and I'm a newbie runner. I may end up at your doctors office!

I've always enjoys your blog, running related post or not.

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear about your knee. Hopefully by not putting too much pressure on it for a while will help in the long run. I had years of stress fractures and finally had to change things up and while it was really hard at first, I've now gone 5 years no stress fracture (knock on wood). Good luck and have fun trying some new things.

Runners Fuel said...

Sorry the surgery didn't work. Beer is great though!! I'd like to see what you do to burn off the calories. Still love your blog!

Elaine said...

Just read a good post on HoHoRuns about optimism for injured runners. Easier said than done, but here's wishing you continued optimism. I think we all agree with Eric, by the way. :-)