Masked Party Of One

Hey guys! Today was a really good day 🙂 I’m super tired and just doing a facemask before I get ready bed, but I wanted to give you a recap of my day first.

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I went for my first swim in years this morning! I was surprised by a couple of things, first how quickly I remembered how to do free stroke, and second, how completely out of cardio shape I am! I only swam for 15 minutes and I kept taking breaks to catch my breath; swimming is hard work! I totally forgot to count how many laps I did… oh well, next time I will. Anyway, I was super pleased with how swimming went; hopefully I can focus on improving my aquatic ability since running is a no-go for me right now (because I have runner’s knee).

After swimming I showered, did some errands and by the time I got home I was STARVED for lunch. I had the last slice of the veggie tofu potpie I made for Christmas dinner (from this recipe). So delicious! I didn’t take a picture of it today, but here is a picture of it when I took it out of the oven on Christmas Day:

I quickly inhaled my lunch and then had to head off to my first physical therapy session! I didn’t do any exercises today; it was more of an evaluation. Physical therapists treat two things: injuries and conditions, I have a condition. Guess which is harder to treat? -_- Apparently, my left leg is slightly longer than my right (caused by minor scoliosis) and I have tight quads, which is good to know. My therapist asked me if I was dancer and said I had a “modern dancer’s body.” I’m not sure what that means but whatever it is, I like it. I’m excited for when I go back on Friday and get started on a routine to hopefully correct some of my muscular imbalances and get back on track for running next year.

Then after PT I went to Lululemon (which is right next door, I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing…) and did some serious damage to my gift certificate. Then my boyfriend came over and we went for Chinese food and then watched Mean Girls (a classic). Before PT I was in a super cranky mood, but the combination of retail therapy and seeing Dan really helped with that 😉

With that, I am off to wash this crud off my face and get to bed. Goodnight Creeps!

Fi’s Knees

I had an awesome workout at the gym today. I did 15 fast minutes on the elliptical followed by an upper body workout. I already have spaghetti arms! I followed up my workout with a green smoothie:

Half a banana + Sunwarrior protein + chia seeds + spinach + soy milk = YUM!

If you checked out my previous post you know I got a Garmin Forerunner but I can’t use it yet 😦 This is because I have been struggling with Runner’s Knee since March. Runner’s Knee is also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and is basically an irritation of the kneecap caused by friction with the thigh bone.

I got RK in March when I joined the Lululemon Running Club near my apartment and ran 6 miles with no previous training. If I could go back in time and stop myself I would, since I can’t even run one mile pain-free.

But it’s December, you ask, how are you still feeling pain? Well my dears, I ask the same thing every day and I wish I had the answer. After not being able to run for a few months I finally went to see a sports medicine doctor in June, where I was diagnosed and given a prescription for physical therapy. I was feeling better by the time fall semester in September started (mostly because I wasn’t running, but I didn’t know that then) so I stopped going to physical therapy, but whenever I tried to run for more than a few minutes at a time my knees started aching again. I didn’t get a chance to go back to see my doctor until after graduation since I was so busy with schoolwork and two part-time jobs.

After inconclusive x-rays and an MRI, I had a talk with my doctor last week. He gave me the option of getting a procedure called Lateral Release, where he would go in and surgically move my kneecaps into proper alignment. I would like to avoid surgery if I can, and since my doctor said that there is no harm in waiting (I’m not going to get worse!) I decided to do three more months of intense physical therapy and then reevaluate my options then.

I would be lying if I told you there hadn’t been tears shed over this. I’m only 21 (going to be 22 on Thursday!) and being limited from even running one mile is so hard. I want to do whatever it takes to heal my body so that I can be as physically active as I want without limitation. That being said, I have my first physical therapy appointment at a new office tomorrow! You guys will definitely be updated on the progress of my knees in the next couple of months 🙂

I’m also going to take up swimming! I’m not a very good swimmer but I need to add some low-impact cardio to my life and I like the idea of being a swimmer. Now that Amazon finally delivered my Speedo, I’m planning on giving it a go tomorrow!

I’m off to bed, see you fools later!