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December 21, 2012



Cindy, my heart goes out to you! I have been trying to mix up my running with yoga and swimming to counter the risk of injury, because I live in fear of getting told what you've been told.

This is my third Christmas on this journey. Your honesty and resilience inspired me to lose - and keep off - 27 pounds. I'm fitter and more toned than ever. I come back here more than two years after I started this journey because when I feel like giving up, I know you won't have. Because when the cost seems too high, you remind me that the cost of not living this way is even higher. Because even with a torn miniscus, you have proven time and time again that you know how to put one foot in front of the other - and then repeat, repeat, repeat. Because - as you once quoted on here - nothing in this world can take the place of persistence, and you have that in spades.

Merry, merry Christmas and have a joy-filled, healthy and persistence-rich new year.


So glad you came back... I looked at your blog several times after November and hoped you were well. Wishing you all the best on recovering from your surgery. I'm also an avid walker and would have difficulty adjusting to not being allowed to GO. Hope you can later on, after you're thoroughly healed. Merry Christmas!


Cindy, what specifically did the doctor say about running/walking? I know a lot of runners who have recovered from miniscus tears, although I know that part of it is how much of the miniscus is removed or remains after the surgery. I'm just curious what the reason is for saying "no more".


Thanks, Fran. I'll look into them, although I admit being resistant to the idea. Part of what I like about walking is not having to have any special equipment.


Cindy, If you remember, I walk in all the races and the hike and bike trail using my trekking poles. I can't remember the exact stats, but it reduces about 25% of the striking force on the joints (read: knees), gives you an upper body workout, AND burns about 50% more calories than walking without them!! It's too bad about your pending operation, but at least it's not a total knee replacement. (It's all relative, right?)

My suggestions is to buy trekking poles that telescope and they'll fit in your luggage! I take mine everywhere.
Since I started jogging in the very early 1970's, my knees just wore out--and falling on them in a race didn't help. I don't think that big people should only run-and I'm sorry that I didn't mix in every other day walking with biking thrown in too. Perhaps I'd still be able to slow jog.

Hang in there, though. I'm so glad you found your inner athlete!

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