Before two years ago, I don't remember a time that I didn't run. I was the way too energetic grade schooler that made teachers and parents sigh, and ran cross country in high school. I continued running regularly despite busy college and work schedules. However, about five years ago I injured my knee and had to have knee surgery. I did over a year of physical therapy, three times a week. Since then, I've kept in shape swimming, riding a stationary bike, and going on short walks.
I miss running and want to incorporate a regular routine back into my life, but I'm out of shape and worried about reinjuring my knee. I'm only 35, so I feel like I have lots of years of running ahead of me as long as I stay safe, but I'm still concerned.
Does anyone have advice? I'm thining about getting a treadmill, but I've always preferred running outside, so I'm not sure how much use I'd get out of a treadmill. I've also been doing leg curls, leg presses, and leg extensions to build up my knee strength and protect it from future injury. What else can I do to prepare?
I plan on using this blog to track my progress, so wish me luck!