Injury Update: We have clearance, Clarence!

When you last checked in on my lower-body challenges it was early January. 48 days after my injury on the Avengers Half Marathon course I was finally diagnosed with a minor Tibial Tubercle Stress Fracture, Bone Marrow Edema and Patellar Tendinitis in my right knee. I wasn't able to have my left knee imaged at the same time because, since that would have actually been helpful, my HMO wouldn't allow that. 

Finally in mid-February I was approved for an MRI on my left knee and the diagnosis I received at the end of February was as follows: I am all kinds of jacked up but I am clear to run provided I am not in extreme pain.

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All joking aside, I do have quite a few serious issues with my left knee. A loud and irritating case of Crepitus (which is NOT associated with a torn meniscus), a good old-fashioned painful case of Chondromalacia, scorching and super painful hamstring tendonitis and IT Band Syndrome and finally - as a bonus - Plica Syndrome. The Plica issue is the most serious and the one that might possibly someday require surgery. I will quit running before that happens. I don't do surgeries. (Except for that one time the emergency room doctor told me if they didn't pull out my appendix I'd die.)

So I went for a run yesterday. My very first medically cleared run of 2016. It wasn't about speed. It was about logging miles and getting back on the road with a positive mindset. 

slow and steady #BeatYesterday

slow and steady #BeatYesterday

At this point my goal is to log miles, stretch, foam roll, lose fat pounds and gain muscle. I went through a really tough emotional period prior to this injury (that I plan to write about at a later time) and have been waiting since November for the clearance to move forward from this additional incident physically. Progress is a bitch.

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Before my run I did two PiYo workouts and after my run I worked on stretching and foam rolling. Just in time for Spring I received these bright fun Lime/Pink CEP Compression socks so I just hung out in them all day. That felt goooood. Like a run hug.

I spent the rest of the day working on my training plan for the remainder of this month. Stretching and foam rolling, although not noted, will happen every day. It looks intense, but the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts are only 30 minutes long. The PiYo workouts vary in length but can typically follow the 21 Day Fix workouts or I can come home on my lunch hour and get them done. I was stronger, healthier and pain-free when I did PiYo in the past. I am hoping that returning to PiYo will help with my recovery.

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I won't be following a specific diet program. I will be doing what works for me, which is a drastic calorie cut and macros that favor proteins over carbs. It's going to be a physically demanding month at work in addition to the demands I am placing on myself. I am keeping that in mind as well as the fact that I have two half marathons to run in April. I will rest as needed. (I'm laughing as I type this since I should have gone to bed two hours ago. I don't know what rest is.)

If any of you have any suggestions for relieving pain or great stretches you'd like to share please do so in the comments below.