One of things I love the most about this blog lately is how many visitors I get looking for information about ACL injuries. I mentioned way back when that as soon as I found out my ACL was torn and I needed surgery I started Googling and found no first hand accounts. To start out this one year look back we are going to begin at the top:
April 25th 2013: Played in a soccer game, heard a pop, pretended everything was good in the hood.
April 26th 2013: Found out the ACL was indeed no longer one ligament – Side Lined and Getting Ripped
April 28th 2013: First work out after blowing out my knee – So Many Friends
May 20th 2013: Day before surgery – Date Night in Tuscany and Surgery Tomorrow
May 21st 2013: Surgery
May 28th 2013: One week post surgery and the first look into post ACL surgery life (this is one of the most popular posts on my blog!) – Week 1 Post ACL Surgery
May 30th 2013: Don’t forget to appreciate the little things in life
June 5th 2013: First cardio work out and being able to drive again – Getting Back Into The Groove
June 10th 2013: Getting back to the office – Back to Work
June 20th 2013: One Month Check In
August 22nd 2013: Three Month Check In
September 20th 2013: Five Months Check In / First Run
October 30th 2013: Started marathon training
November 12th 2013: Ran a 10k with friends and took it easy, felt good to be back!
December 16th 2013: I ran 20 miles for marathon training!
January 9th 2013: Tweaked my IT band a bit : (
February 10th 2013: Up and running again, also ran a 5k with a friend and helped her break 30 minutes
March 9th 2013: I ran a marathon
So the real question is where am I now. If I told you I was 100% better I would be lying. My knee doesn’t keep me from doing anything but it does remind me that it is not what it once was. If I sit with my legs tucked under me and then stand up I feel an immediate weird sore / tightness in my knee. My leg falls asleep really quickly when I am sitting cross legged and it will still buckle from time to time. My hamstring (the one that the graft was taken from) is still not up to its full strength. I discovered this recently while hanging from a pull up bar and tried to pull my feet up to my bum. My left one went up no problem but the right hit a stopping point and felt super weird and weak. After speaking with numerous personal trainer, running coaches, and physical therapists, the general consensus is that squats and lunges are fantastic. BUT that until my hamstring and my balance is 100% I should not be doing weight bearing versions of these exercises. I definitely pushed it early on trying to use weight to strengthen everything. Body weight exercises and balance exercises will help you so so much. When you finish physical therapy get your work outs printed out for you and keep them up. I didn’t and that is when my IT band fell apart. When I first started running again 6 mo after surgery I felt SO strong. 3 or 4 months in and al the hard work I had done rehabbing was gone. Do not make my mistake, keep up with the PT.
Okay I am not sure what else to say other than it gets better. Life does go on. I want to open the floor to all of you. Ask any of your questions that you may have about recovery in the comments, I promise to answer every single one of them.