It took about 4 months and now I can say that after today’s workout that I’m finally fully healthy. After going all out on the track some afternoon in September, the following day my knee started bother me. It didn’t hurt at all after I was finished the workout, but I when I tried to go for a jog the following day, I couldn’t. I tried to push through and pain was too severe. It messed with my walking and ability to climb stairs. Then my golf game wasn’t right because I couldn’t put proper weight on my knee. Around Thanksgiving we played the McGraths in bball and I was able to move ok, but I couldn’t go all out because it felt like it would give completely. At that point in time I was able to use the treadmill but couldn’t run on the black top. I wasn’t sure what was taking so long to recover.
Over the next 6 weeks I got back to using the treadmill to regain the fitness that I had lost after that one fateful day in September. I could tell I was still pushing the knee through that time period but I didn’t get the feeling that any part of it was going to pop. I’m sure that bowling prolonged the recovery time.
After this week’s series of workouts, which were 5 day’s straight and 8 of the last 9 days, I can say I’m back to full strength. I’ve had injuries throughout my life and I’d go as far to say as they are unavoidable as you age. I can’t explain why my knee started hurting other than it was overworked. It was a complete non-contact injury. They are annoying and a 4 month recovery time seems absurd to me but I think those are the breaks. I’m happy to be out from under it and will move forward. No real point to this post other than sharing the experience and working through pain.