It made my morning (hence the even cheesier than normal smile on my face) that I got to run next to Jess on the treadmill for a bit. She is my favorite trail running buddy but had to have surgery on her knee two months ago and so I have missed our runs together. She is killing it with her recovery and using the run/walk method to get back to her good ol’ running self.
I did a few miles on the treadmill and then pumped some major iron (aka I went to a pump class where I mainly used 8 lb weights and thought my arms were going to fall off).
PS I had Jess do a little write-up about what happened with her knee in case any of you are struggling with knee problems:
“My knee pain was gradual. The more I started running and weightlifting the more it started to hurt. It started out where it hurt the worst right after lifting or a long run. Then it gradually started hurting while I was running and then got to the point where it hurt all the time regardless of what I was doing. When i would walk up stairs I would hear crackling sounds and when I tried to do certain exercises it would feel as though my knee would just lock… kind of gave me the heebie jeebies. Ha, don’t know how else to describe it!
I went to the surgeon and told him all my symptoms…pinpointing to where the pain was coming from. Then he took and x-ray and that was really the tipping point. In the knee-bend position my knee caps tilted toward the outside of knees. This suggested that the ligaments on the outside of my knee caps were pulling too tight causing the patella to tilt and rub on my meniscus…which was causing the pain.
I was scheduled for a scope…which just means they were going in to look around…and then possibly clean-up the meniscus and stretch the ligament. When he went in there was a lot of clean-up with the meniscus and he determined that the ligament was too tight and that if it wasn’t stretched the injury would just keep reoccurring.”
Fast forward through the day because I really don’t remember what we did… That’s what happens when I don’t take any pictures to remind me of what we did.
We went out to celebrate with sandwiches for dinner. Megan finished her last project for her Masters degree last night!!! Congrats girl!
And the Brookers and I went to do our December 1st tradition together.
We go to Barnes and Noble and she chooses out a Christmas book on Dec. 1. We then get a donut and read the new book at home in our pajamas.
And from 2013. I hope she will at least still want to do the donut part of this tradition with me when she is a teenager.
A little bit ago I asked if you guys had any questions and thought I would start off with Becky’s question!
This is something I am constantly trying to figure out. During the weeks leading up to the St. George Marathon I did such a good job at getting enough sleep each night but now… Let’s just say I am writing this post way too late at night. Some weeks I sleep great and then some weeks I just don’t. Naps do help big time when I get really tired and all I need is a solid 20 minutes or so and that makes me feel so much better. When I run with friends in the morning (usually twice a week) I get up at about 5:30 and the other days I get up between 6:45-7:15. Also, whenever I wear my Jawbone (fitness tracker) it totally motivates me to get in bed earlier because it tracks all of your sleep!
It is interesting to me because I try so hard to take care of my health by exercising daily and eating lots of fruits and veggies etc but I let the whole sleeping thing slide even though getting enough rest is so extremely important for our health. Nighttime is also when I get most of my work done because Brooke is asleep… I guess I just need to work on that whole balance thing. Or maybe we all just require a different amount of sleep depending on what we have trained our body to do? I do know that during this next marathon training cycle I am going to really need to be more disciplined about my sleep.
What is a good night’s sleep to you? Do you have a pretty normal sleep routine? Do you have some weeks where you just don’t sleep very well?
What is an area in your life that you are trying to improve in regards to your health?
What are some of your favorite December traditions?!?
Who has had knee problems? What helped? Was it from running or another type of exercise?