So I completed the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday (yeah!), which I thought would be the celebratory finish line of this 3 1/2 year mega-weight-loss journey. But I felt so good along the course (running above my goal pace! on track to smash my total time goal! feeling strong! having fun!) that it seemed more like the start line of many, many more marathons to come (yeah!)
. Alas, though, at mile 11.5, my knee blew out (SOB!), leaving me to finish the race at more than 15 minutes over my goal (SOB!), but finish in the top half of my division nonetheless (YEAH!)
Now, doc has diagnosed the knee as a severe meniscus tear (SOB!), thus no more running, swimming, biking until further notice, likely after surgery and rehab (SUPER SOB!)
I'm heartbroken. And I'm petrified that losing the exercise I have come to rely on for stress relief, keeping this weight off, and general mental sanity will mean I'm going to get fat and crabby, and real fast.
Anyone have some great advice? How can I get good cardio work without my legs? How can I maintain my sanity without the running and biking I love so much? Since my body is used to burning mad calories through exercise--sometimes 1,500 kcals in two hours--other than eating next to nothing, how can I not regain this weight without burning off any real calories through the day?
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead