A couple weeks ago I competed in my third Tough Mudder in Kansas. During my training for this race, I encountered many obstacles that could of derailed my progress. Early on I was faced with probably the biggest obstacle that could hindered my training: an old knee injury. As I had trained, my knee began to ache and I was in a lot of pain especially from running. I needed to be able to put in the miles necessary for the race so I went to see a doctor who has already performed five knee surgeries on me in the past.
Most of my injuries were due to college football, but the most recent in 2005 was due to an onsite work accident were they had to regrow cartilage and insert it back into my knee. It was after that surgery, that I had gained the majority of my weight and I did not want to experience again not being able to do any physical activity as it could lead to a spiral into depression or old bad food habits. I had worked very hard in the last three years to lose weight and become a happier, healthier person so my initial doctor visit to determine the extent of my injury was stressful.
I eventually mustered courage and went to my doctor hoping he would give me some assurance that this was nothing major and to continue business as normal. I found out that my situation was a little more serious than I would of liked. The doctor told me to take 12 weeks off for recovery, but that was not a option for me as this race, and my lifestyle were dependent on me being able to do physical activities. I instantly began to find out what other options are out there so I could continue to train for my upcoming race which the doctor was less then thrilled about hearing but we had to came to a compromise so my training could continue. We eventually settled on a knee brace that would relieve most of the pressure off my knee, reduction in weights that I was lifting and the promise of rest and recovery immediately after my race.
After I ran my race, which I ran one of my best times, I realized the importance of listening to my doctor. I am glad that I was able to visit with him and realize that little changes in what I was doing and wearing a new knee brace would help me overcome some challenges. So don’t let obstacles such as injuries be your excuse as to why you cannot reach your goals, because the sweet taste of accomplishing your individual goals is so delicious.
Fitmark Ambassador 2014