Gaining Confidence & A Hold On Running

I haven’t hid the fact that I gained around 12 pounds during marathon training from January – April. Why did I gain so much (11% of my body weight)? Because I ate everything and anything all the time. And it was fantastic.
BUT, now I am paying for eating all the things as I am trying to lose all the extra weight. Story of everyone’s life, right?¬†Eating all the things…losing all the weight.

Today I am 5 weeks post-op from knee surgery #6 and I have been feeling great. I have been allowed to run twice; a half mile then a full mile. My knee felt great both times and physical therapy has been going really well.
My knee felt great right up until this morning.
I woke up with a stabbing pain and wasn’t really able to straighten my leg. It has remained like that almost all day…still hurts to straighten. Someone very close to me who has my best interests in mind asked me to chill on the running to rest my knee for a little while and I’m honoring the request. So, I’ll wait a little more to get back to running. I do still have time to get in race shape for my next race in July.

I am still not back to any significant kind of cardio, so I’ve been lifting 6 days a week for the past 4 weeks. Because of my time in the gym, I have seen some great gains, and I am incredibly thankful for that. In my bicep, tricep, lat and delt I have a 2″-3″ increase in muscle in each area since I started lifting in 2014. Okay, sure, a little of it is leftover running body fat, but there is essentially an ass ton of muscle living inside my arm and shoulder and back.
2016-06-08 21.01.01The muscle gains help take my mind off of the whole lack of running thing.
The downfall of larger arms and shoulders is that my clothes fit differently. Namely button down shirts. I don’t wear them often at all, but the two that I did own wouldn’t even button due to my gains. I didn’t necessarily like those shirts anyways, and it’s awesome they don’t fit anymore, but I hope this doesn’t happen to too many shirts. Luckily, I typically wear t-shirts and t-shirts love gains!

Happy Hump Day Pump Day!

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