The road to recovery

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s been a rough month, but yesterday I had a Doctor’s appointment and noticed the progress! I went two weeks with crutches before the rain was so bad that they actually MADE me slip a couple times. It takes some getting used to when you walk as slow as a snail, but you notice so much more and meet a lot of great people!

I took two weeks off work. I couldn’t chase after anyone, especially toddlers that climb furniture, if my life depended on it.

I officially do NOT need physical therapy (which I think is due to all the training I was doing beforehand- the surrounding muscles are strong) and I do not need to wear a brace at night. Huge relief. Not only did I not need surgery but I was already starting to dread the rehab copays. Medical debt is a slippery slope and I did not want to get back into that.

I still plan on running the San Francisco Marathon this summer! My Doctor was actually shocked that I had been wearing the brace 24/7 and not trying to run. Really? But I should be in good shape. I put Amy in swimming at a local heated pool (actually a handicap one) and it’s been a dream forgetting about it for an hour while I’m there. What was really important is once I stopped using crutches I needed to be careful not LIMPING as that can cause damage to your hips and other knee.

It’s my spring break and I considered getting a wheelchair for the airport.. but the only hard part was remembering to take off my brace during the x-ray 🙂 and of course did not wear it at the beach- I didn’t need that tan!



Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

I had a wonderful family vacation to Lake Tahoe, CA and went skiing this weekend! I even got to watch my daughter ski, so hilarious scooting herself about. Truly it was great… until I decided to go to the top of Squaw Valley. Making my way down (in a time crunch) I came around a narrow, populated turn and my ski became buried barely on the side of the run and twisted my knee. Screaming and withering in pain my brother and some amazing other helped steer traffic away for me and flagged down a ski patrol team. There was a private hospital at the base and after poking and prodding, an x-ray and two hours later it was confirmed that I did NOT have a break but a grade 2 tear of my MCL and a chance my ACL as well. Great.

On with crutches, I joined my family and we continued to my mom’s freind’s 50th birthday celebration. Surprisingly many of the guests gave a familiar look to my injury and sat down with me to explain their ski accidents. All ACL or MCL related. It made me think about a possible trend. We had all been using rentals and found it difficult to “click” into our bindings. The force it takes to “click” into your bindings really means it will take that amount of force to …get out. Thus, my bindings did not set me free and I turned into a twisting snowball. Next time I ski I will buy my own skis and have them professionally fitted.

My Doctor back in Francisco, knee specialist for The San Francisco Ballet, said it was in fact an MCL tear, no ACL, and that I would need to wear my new brace 24/7 for the next month, then during the day for another month. No surgery needed!!!

So I will rest 🙂


Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

My knee has not improved so in addition to beginning my physical therapy I’ve been thinking of new goals. I was so happy to be running again and I know that’s not the only option to staying fit and healthy.

I know swimming is the best thing for me right now so I am going to try and go to the pool at my college once a week and just tread water. I have a lazy foot so I cannot physically swim in a directional motion for very long before the cramps begin, but I hope this will help!

Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of biking to school… or to or from work a couple times a week. Of course this will be slow going… but I love eating pasta so I need to get out there!! I am still going to participate in the San Francisco Marathon, whether I run, walk, or *gulp* …CRAWL! Afterall, Amy and I volunteered at the Kaiser Half Marathon this weekend and gave water to a man with only one leg. I’m going to make this happen. Image




Posted: January 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why can’t my body keep up!

I was so excited for my run today. Not only did I have a long week but when I mentioned the run to Amy she said, “Yay! Are we going to get sweaty??!” All she needs is some pom poms right?

I had two knee surgeries on my right knee in high school.. it took me 5 years before I felt I could run again! Amy and I were doing our long Saturday run today when, at mile 8, I noticed my pace was … let’s just say ridiculous! Another half mile and it felt like lead. I stopped and OUCH! Needless to say, I was, of course, 3 miles from my car and it was getting cold. Poor Amy! I gave her my jacket, called my mom and we limped in the direction of the car. I’m listening!! Hot bath tonight, body, and some frozen peas. : )

*Update: This morning I can walk with no pain!! A little stiff but I think we are good. No running over a mile for a week.*

Running with kids

Posted: January 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Two of my long runs this week were with jogging strollers! And boy do I wish I had a good one this week. When my 30lb+ daughter got out of the stroller after 11 miles I was shocked! Light as a feather. I used a Schwin the second time and loved it! I know it’s a little late in the game for some moms to think about investing in a good jogging stroller but there are plenty of craigslist and garage sales if you have the time to scout them out!

Two hours is a long time but we kept busy with;

  • singing,
  • she chanted “go, go, further, faster,” for a couple miles..
  • we talked about how her hair is turning brown from blonde,
  • the windmill we found,
  • looking for Auntie Em and her cross country team,
  • playing in the sand for a bit,
  • pushing the street-crossing buttons,
  • stopping for frozen yogurt (I saved mine!)
  • and looking for water fountains 🙂

Registered for my next race, and it’s going to be a doozy! It’s the Golden Gate Half Marathon and will be my first half. The trail is a 2,420 ft elevation gain around Sausalito. Ah! There is race on a flat half marathon trail around my stomping grounds the weekend before but I think I will volunteer that event with the Golden Gate Running Club. Why not reach for something BIG!


Posted: December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a great one! I adapted my schedule this week because I am doing my 10 miles this week and I have my first race on New Years Day… so they needed some spacing out. The key word I am going to keep in mind while running is: Listen. I did not do that in the past, but pushed myself too hard…  and led to my knee surgeries. I need to listen to my body and adapt goals. I don’t need to run continuously. I don’t need to run a certain pace and I certainly don’t need to keep moving if my knee starts to hurt. I’ve given myself a 30 second guideline. If my knee (or any other part of my body) hurt for more than 30 seconds then it’s time to slow down to a comfortable speed.

I was so excited to get a couple things that I thought would be great for my running. My father got me a Red Safety Light that I can wear while I’m running in the dark as well as a iPhone Armband (because I usually just hold it lol).  I bought a bright green running Jacket to help me stand out a little better too. My splurge was actually some compression recovery socks, which promote circulation after a workout. I have read they are better for the recovery afterwards and don’t really do anything while you are running. But I suppose after running the last thing you want to do is try and pull these on over your sweaty legs. Just sayin’.

I found this article (Runnersworld) hilarious and this one (Running Times) a little more informative.

My FIRST registration!

Posted: December 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

I registred for a race! I am set to start 2012 with a New Years Day race- The Brazen Marathon, 10K/5K. I will be doing the 10K to figure out how I perform in a road/trail race before I think about a half marathon. I’m also excited because it’s right over the Bay Bridge in Oakland.

I have found a good training schedule and just completed my 8 mile run yesterday at a pace of 9.44 miles/hour to make for 1 hour 15.55 minutes! My legs were pretty sore the rest of the day but to prevent injury I’ve been focusing a lot on stretching before and after. Say no to shin splintssss

My first injury since I started working out in May occurred this past week though.. I have an appointment this coming Tuesday at a Neurology Clinic to figure out if it’s a pinched nerve in my shoulder or some kind of tear. AHH! My knee feels great though (had two knee surgeries in high school) that I swear are because of these shoes I have been using: New Balance Minimus! They make me happy.

Minimus is a whole new approach to footwear, a place on the spectrum from barefoot running to the traditional maximum-cushioning running shoe. Inspired by Good Form Running and designed to be worn with or without socks. With only a 4mm drop from heel to toe, as little as a third of that of a traditional running shoe, the Minimus collection holds a world of discovery for neutral runners as well as those with gait issues or chronic injury to conquer by learning better form.

I have a very high arch in both feet so I did actually but a “Orthopedic Knee” insert from Walgreen for under $10 to put in it- but they fit like a glove! In my running club, there is someone with each color of the shoe- it’s pretty hilarious. This week with the Run Chuggers we ran around the Embarcadero and AT&T park in our longest and fastest run yet! (8.4 miles/hour)!!! Even though I talked with my daughter, Amy, on the phone for a little while I was just enjoying the evening and taking in the pace I set.  Have a great weekend!

❤ Kelly