As I began training for my first Sprint Triathlon, which will be held in mid April, I ended up having arthroscopic knee surgery on January 15th. Two weeks ago I began to start back with training, swimming and cycling, and walking only. I have two more weeks before I can start to even think about running. I have a fear of reinjury (after all, this is my 2nd arthroscopy). What is the best approach to beginning running so that I can avoid reinjury? I really want to make it to my first Tri in April!!
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How fast you come back depends a lot on what the orthopedic surgeon did during the arthroscopy. Was it a meniscal (cartilage) tear and they just trimmed out the bad part, did they trim or remove scar tissue, did they clean up they cartilaginous surfaces of the femur or patella, or did they have to repair a ligament? If it was one of the first 3 things I mentioned, you'll come back suprisingly fast but don't rush it. You may not reinjure your knee but it may swell and become painful. Continue to do your walking and build up slowly running. Increase your running mileage 1/2 mile every 2 weeks if you can until you are up to your Tri distance. For example: if you are walking 30 minutes, walk 15 minutes, run for 1/2 mile (5 minutes), then walk another 10 minutes. Do this for 2 weeks and then increase to 1 mile running (walk 15minutes, run 1 mile or 10 minutes, walk 5 minutes). Continue this pattern until you are up to your specific distance.
If it was a ligament injury, you will have to take it much slower.
When it hurts, smile.
If it doesn't hurt, you're not going hard enough.
I had an acl replacement one year ago in January, I started to run very slowly kinda a old man shuffle after 3 weeks (against medical advice) but have not have had any problems you need to be sure that your leg is strong in the quads and the calf before trying any running though. I did a sprint tri in June of that same year and finish strong. Good luck to you!
Thank you, all, for your response!! I had a lateral release during my arthro. My six weeks are coming up this Friday, so this week I'm going to add a little "old man shuffle" jogging for about 30 sec/ 2 min walk. I am working on an inclined treadmill and I forgot how much that burns, and an eliptical trainer when I can. My PT's are really working with me in strenghtening my quads, hips, glutes, and calves. Cycling is going pretty good or better than I expected. Swimming just plain sucks, but I work on that the most so that I can try to like it more and build up more endurance. My knee still gets a little sore and a little weak after a good workout, but I continue to use ice, heat and a tens unit religiously. Anyway, I appreciate all your advice and encouragement and will take it with me during my training.
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