Most of you know that I’ve been out of the hiking game for over a month now. Back in January I injured my knee on a hike, after a visit to the doctor I was told that I should stop all physical activity for the next month and start physical therapy. So, like a good patient, I haven’t been hiking or camping since January. At this point I have cabin fever, especially with the warmer weather that we’ve been getting. Life has been especially chaotic (in a good way) and I could use nothing more than a few hours on a trail.
Luckily for me, I had my follow-up doctor’s appointment yesterday and received (mostly) good news! While I still don’t fully understand what’s causing the irritation in my knee I have at least been given the green light to start easing into hiking. YAY! So this weekend I plan on taking full advantage of these warm, sunny days and setting out on a trail or day, maybe even camp. Goodness knows, both Bear Bait and I desperately need this! this poor dog has cabin fever worse than I do.
And here comes the bad news… When I asked about running I was told that I shouldn’t run, ever, it would only cause more aggravation in my knee. I was told that if I wanted cardio I could try an elliptical or a spinning class. But here’s my problem with that: those are both indoor activities. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do indoor very well. I refuse to accept this as fact. I am only 24 and I refuse to accept that at this age I should not run anymore. Possibly ever. That’s ridiculous. If anything, those words only made me more determined to start running again.
The other dreaded words that I received… If my knee starts to become irritated again I will have to look into a cortisone shot. I am so not ok with that! There has to be a better way to manage and preferably prevent the pain in my knees.
I guess you could say that I’m a pretty stubborn person, so being told that I shouldn’t do something only strengthens my resolve to find ways that I can do it. My focus for right now is simply building up my mileage again and steadily adding more difficult terrain and weight. I know from past experience that jumping straight back into things does not end well so I’ll be testing my patience as I try to get back to where I was pre-injury. I am very much looking forward to some quality time spent on the trail this weekend though.