Friday, December 30, 2011

One down, two to go & a time of reflection

Yesterday I received the first of the series of three injections for my knee.  I expect to be running again  mid-February.  Until then, I apologize in advance for not doing much blog posting or reading. As many of you who have been benched understand, it's tough to read about everyone else's running adventures when you can't join in on the fun.

[FYI - I'll probably need to keep going back about every 8-10 months or so to repeat the series for as long as this continues to work. After that point, I'm not sure what will happen.  I'm not happy that my knee can't be 'fixed', but I'm happy to have a treatment plan that works well enough for now to allow me to do most of the things I want to do.]

In the past few weeks, I lost my motivation to focus on swimming and walking.  I just really miss running. And I guess that's okay.  Nothing wrong with taking a break, right?

Overall, it was a good year.  I started off with an unexpected 5K PR in February.  I had to give up plans to run a spring HM due to issues with my knee, but switched focus to shorter running events and triathlons.  Had another 5K PR July.  I had a blast at the inaugural Live.Love.Tri in August, the first all-women tri in NM.   I took a good ten minutes off my Patriot (sprint) Tri time in September, mostly an improvement in cycling.  I had a 10K PR in October.  Cycling training with Husband was successful and we capped it off with a strong 50mile charity ride with more climb than I thought I was capable of.  My knee held up until race season was over, and I'll be ready soon enough for next year.

Hope the New Year is a good one for everyone!!


  1. taking a break from the blogs is sometimes necessary. we'll be here when you come back. i hope the injections work. have a great new year!

  2. No need to apologize. It's definitely hard to read posts about running when you are out of commission. I wish you all the best with the injections and a return to running and will be waiting for you to reappear in my reader.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and a great start to 2012!

  3. Good luck with your treatment plan. I have also had many RUnner's Worlds sit unread during those benched times. Do what you can to get through it.

  4. Don't apologize. It is really difficult to read about other's running stories (especially those glorious double digit runs) when you can't run. Rest well. And recover well.

    I find that once you accept the fact that you have to take a break, the whole "miss running" part wouldn't hurt quite as bad.

    Have a wonderful New Year's weekend and here's wishing you all the best for the new 2012!

  5. No worries, we all understand running/talking/thinking about running will be tough for you. I hope everything goes well and you will be back sooner than you think! Sending you tons of positive thoughts :)