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!!!"

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy 2015!!

One of my most favorite things to do is to send out a Christmas letter with my yearly Christmas card/pictures. Since I'm trying to dust off my blog for the new year, what better way to get the posting started with some recycled content!  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from [my son] and I! The time of year has come to grab a cup of hot cocoa, snuggle up by the fire, and complain about how 18 months of presidential campaigning is entirely too long. Christmas letter time! That oh so sacred tradition of one-upsmanship that we all know and love.  So, sit back, relax, and enjoy all of the highlights (and none of the lowlights, OBVIOUSLY) of the last 12 months!

[my son] recently turned 5 and has just as much energy as you’d expect a 5 year old to have. His hobbies now include smacking me with his “Life Saber” / talking about Star Wars, trying to haggle deals at any opportunity, and making sure he gets to school before his friend (don’t ask, I don’t understand it either).  He loves to draw and write words - even in spite of not quite knowing how to read. If you give him a story, he'll write each of the words verbatim.  He is starting with the beginning stages of reading but hasn't quite mastered mushing all of those letter noises into actual words.  But, his teachers say he is at the head of the class, is loving & caring, so there isn't more that I could ask for.

In spite of the Arizona heat, we both continue to stay active.  [my son] played soccer in both spring and fall and I was fortunate enough to be one of his coaches. The saying "those who can't do, coach" certainly applies! We also recently took the training wheels off of his bike and, after a good push, he's been off and pedaling.  Unfortunately, I'm slightly less active than I would like to be having injured my knee early in the year. One surgery and a billion physical therapy sessions later... it feels ever so slightly better (and the surgeon was able to make another Ferrari payment). But, I'm sure I'll be back to making everyone feel guilty about not running marathons soon enough.

Other than running, things in my life have been going along swimmingly! Earlier this year, I finally convinced my best friend that I’d also make a good boyfriend (joke is on her!!).  Laura is the love of my life and I'm a better person for having met her.  A fellow runner, over the last year we've found that we're essentially the same person with the exception of how much she likes mushrooms.  Seriously, I can't believe people actually eat those things.

On the career front, I’m still plugging along at [my job]. For most of the year I was a Release Manager (don’t worry, the people I work with don’t know what that is either) but was recently promoted to Director of Billing Services. That means that I am literally responsible for making all of the cable bills and fix any issues that customers have will billing. Maybe next year I can get promoted to the IRS tax man or the dentist! I still can’t give you free cable, but if you live in one of my markets, I can certainly turn yours off if you don’t pay!

Kidding aside, if you’re receiving this letter, you touched me in some significant way. [my son] and I couldn't have gotten through 2015 without you.  Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!!!