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 change...no 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!!!"