find the activewear from previous post… “Good Exercise for Bad Knees”
ADJUSTABLE HANDFUL SPORTS BRA * ALO UNDERTONE LEGGING
IVIVVA TUMBLIN TANK * BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS
the quest for the perfect pair of runners can be a tedious one. every foot is different. every runner is every different. and all shoes are not created equal. i have tried many different shoes throughout my years. most recently it has been the Brooks Ghost 8 that I picked up in magnetic blue.
“just wait until you turn 30,” everyone said. “that’s when everything starts to go downhill.” i refused to believe them. i was the exception to the rule. i was in better shape than most. i was fit. i was strong. and i took good care of my body. but there was one thing i didn’t account for – my joints. joint problems are a commonality amongst lifetime athletes; and although i had never had any orthopedic issues in my life, i celebrated my thirtieth on crutches, a week after having microfracture surgery on my right knee. ever since i have been trying to replace all of the good exercises that were previously performed on my good knee, with good exercises that could be performed on my bad knee.
discovering exercises that were knee friendly was not a challenge. but discovering knee exercises that were knee friendly and that i actually enjoyed was a huge feat.
last week i initiated discussions on cartilage defects with my post “Microfracture, and the One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For,” today i will back-up a few steps to explain how my knee was acting, leading up to conversations regarding microfracture, the future of my knee, my lifestyle, my health, and my sanity.
great news, thefirst2hours has finally linked up with bloglovin! You can follow my blog with Bloglovin by clicking here. and to celebrate this new community, i thought i would share a visual history of some of the goodies that have been featured on thefirst2hours in days past.
find the workout clothes from previous post… Microfracture, and The One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For.
POWER WARM PUMA TIGHTS * ARCTERYX MOTUS CREW LS TOP
SPORTSMANS BASEBALL CAP * CAMELBAK L.U.X.E. * BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS
4 days ago, i went on a hike with a friend who was squeezing in her last days of freedom before having a microfracture operation on her knee. 2 years, 4 months and 14 days ago, i had the same microfracture operation on my knee.
you may be wondering what microfracture is. i most certainly was when i was told it was the next course of action for my knee years ago. the surgery is almost completely unheard of in the general public. there are nearly zero on-line accounts documenting the process of microfracture and the recovery. and what one reads, isn’t encouraging, promising, or helpful. so i have decided to change that. i had my surgery at the peak of my athletic career. one day i was competing on the professional beach volleyball circuit and the next i was told (from 5 different doctors) “you may never compete again. but we aren’t certain, because no one is certain. because microfracture isn’t proven, but it also isn’t unproven, and we have no other option for you.”
since i’ve had my surgery i have been able to act as a sounding board, and a support system for two friends and fellow athletes who have come to me for advice. one of which was kelli, with whom i embarked on this 8 mile “Out With the Old, and In With the New” hike last weekend. after a few hours of knee talk, i decided that others who are faced with the decision on microfracture, should be able to join in on our conversation. therefore i will be sharing posts about microfracture, my experience, and my perspectives, in hopes that it will provide others with some sort of comfort in this frustrating process.