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August 8, 2010

Guest Post: Lacey!

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So I’m still on vacay.  Hip hip hooray 🙂

And another amazing and talented runner has written a post for me to share: Lacey from Common Object and Everyday Events.   I’ve actually run races and training runs with her before and she’s kicked my butt a lot. Check her out because she’s awesome 🙂

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HellloooOooOoo!

Guest post coming atcha today from Lacey of Objects and Events. You can check me out at http://objectsevents.wordpress.com.

Today I am talking about the comeback.

Athletes and fitness buffs tend to let injuries get them down. All the can’ts come crashing down.  I can’t play basketball! I can’t run! I can’t… ___(fill in the blank).

We’ve probably all been there at some point. And if you haven’t ever been injured- wow! Bottle up whatever you are drinking and sell it, seriously. Then knock on some wood for good measure.

But what about what we CAN do?! That’s where the comeback comes in.

Already at 26 years old (and I’ll be 27 on August 15th!!) I have had surgery on my left knee twice.

First Surgery, February 2005

I tore my ACL my junior basketball season in college- the first week of January. Interestingly enough, the injury happened when my team was playing at the college both of my sisters attended!!! That college was infamous for its rubber court which makes it more likely to be “sticky.” My ACL tear was non-impact. Translation: All that happened was I planted my left foot, dribbling the ball, changed directions, and BAM. I was yelling in pain before I hit the floor. The rubber court has since been remade with wood.

At the time the lateral meniscus had minor damage, but not enough to warrant repair. I had surgery in February 2005 to reconstruct my ACL using a hamstring from the same leg.

Second Surgery, June 2010

Fast forward, five years later (this past spring), and if you read my blog you know that I tore the lateral meniscus of that same knee. Basketball again! Gah! Another non impact tear. I simply twisted in a way and felt a catch and some buckling and pain.

I had surgery on June 11, 2010 to cut off the offending piece of meniscus that was flapping in and out of the joint.

SO WHAT’S THE POINT?!

The point is not the actual injury. The point is your recovery from it. I like to call it a comeback.

The comeback is an interesting thing for me. My mind completely clears. My priorities crystallize.

I pursue rehab and recovery with a sense of purpose and I am intensely inspired to be my very best and treat myself as well as I can.

[PAUSE for Thought: Shouldn’t we do this all the time?!?! Answer: ABSO-f’ing-LUTELY].

Here are my top tips for Making a Comeback. You don’t even have to be injured to go through the comeback process. It’s a great way to recharge yourself anytime. But you have to be willing to take the time to rest. I know, it sounds risky.

The Comeback

ONE—Make a list of things you CAN do that will make you FEEL GREAT.

Here is what mine looked like immediately after my second surgery-

  • Ice!
  • Drink lots of water
  • Sleep
  • Focus on protein intake
  • Take anti-inflammatory meds
  • “Clean” eating (for me this means nutrient dense and monitoring my caloric intake- never going hungry, but never overeating).

TWO—Embrace the opportunity to take some time to really REST.

I was lucky and spent about a week resting at my parents’ house in NH. No demands, just quiet. I reclined on the couch and iced on and off all day. I slept a lot. I drank water and tea. I read books. I slowly worked my way to walking and by the end of 7 days I was walking around almost normally. I felt fantastic. Relaxed and Recharged. JUST by prioritizing all the things on the above list.

THREE—Build activity… STRATEGICALLY.

As soon as I was able to incorporate some activity into my day, I did. Complete rest will revitalize your interest in working out, I promise. For me, at first my activity was just walking. Then I added core (something I rarely did when I was running all the time- but now I was FOCUSED).

And build away, but be smart about it. I didn’t overextend myself and I saw my surgeon twice to check-in. I also went to physical therapy. If you have the option- take it. For me physical therapy wasn’t ground shaking. But it was a solid hour of time to focus on strengthening. Also you get things like trainer assisted exercises and stretching, stim, and big bags of ice. You also get ideas for things you can do on your own.

Here’s my activity building progression:

  • I was ONLY able to bike for awhile, so I did that most days.
  • I added lifting. I continued doing core.
  • I added the stair climber. I built my time on the stair climber.
  • I added the elliptical. I built time on the elliptical.
  • I added yoga.
  • And finally, I started running again. I thought running would be the ultimate goal, but as it turns out it is just a piece of a bigger puzzle.

You better believe BUILDING is AWESOME. When you start with 10 minutes on the elliptical, eventually achieving an HOUR on it feels magical. And all of this cross-training and lifting will make every single day feel like the possibilities for activity are endless. Do what you want and challenge yourself. Try further, try faster. Try something new.

And then you realize…

…you’ve made your comeback.

Thanks for reading!!!!

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9 Comments »

  1. […] Checkkk it outtt… […]

    Pingback by Housekeeping. « Common Objects and Everyday Events — August 8, 2010 @ 11:35

  2. As I sit here with a non-cooperating heel, this was excellent to read. I can tell you in the pasat when I’ve had other smaller issues and had to curtail my training a week or two, I went crazy and whined galore. Now, not so much because the past 7 months of training have been torture b/c of this injury so I’m just ready for it to heal so I CAN come back and train like crazy again. Now…if the come back and tell me I can’t run for a year, then I’m probably going to whine a lot again. haha. Thanks for the great post!!

    Comment by Jill — August 8, 2010 @ 14:43

  3. Ahhh… I like this a lot. Crafting a comeback the right way requires so much patience with yourself, and it can be tough to reconcile physical limitations with a mental desire to push push push the body before it’s ready, in that “no pain, no gain” way. Great post!

    Comment by sweatykid — August 8, 2010 @ 15:31

  4. This is a great post! Love how you talk about your comeback 🙂

    Comment by Jess — August 8, 2010 @ 15:47

  5. Great post Lacey!! I love the focus on the things you CAN do. For me, going to PT (and doing my prescribed PT exercises at home) was huge, because it felt like such a positive action. Half the game is mental, so if you can work through that, then you’re halfway there!

    Comment by erika @ Dr.TriRunner — August 8, 2010 @ 16:18

  6. Great post 😀

    Comment by Laura — August 8, 2010 @ 16:57

  7. Great guest post Lacey and great attitude! You are back and better than ever!

    Comment by J — August 9, 2010 @ 13:53

  8. […] Lacey told us all about her comeback from injury […]

    Pingback by Up For A Breath Of Air « MarathonMaiden's Blog — August 11, 2010 @ 11:07

  9. […] I have been getting a lot of positive feedback about my workouts and running paces from you guys! Thank you!! I agree, the transition back into “normal” activity has gone smoothly. It may feel like it happened overnight, but keep in mind I did have a very orderly progression of activity-building, which I talked all about HERE and HERE. […]

    Pingback by NEW GOAL LIST!!! | Common Objects and Everyday Events — August 25, 2010 @ 07:13


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