Back to the grind

After a few weeks off from the AT Preparations, I’m back at it. In case you didn’t know, I had two surgeries (both elbows) over the past 12 weeks. This was the precursor to the much needed knee surgery, but I’ll discuss that later.

No matter what you do, as an AT Thru Hiker you are going to have some injuries. It may be a blister on your foot, a turned ankle,

As for my “knee surgery”, I’ve since decided to forego this until a later date. After lack luster results from my elbow surgeries, I think I will just take to the trail with a back knee. A torn meniscus can be very painful (mine is) and sometimes you just have to suck it up (I have been for 3+ years). That’s why I was going to have the surgery before taking on 2,200 mile journey.

However, I’ve been doing some reading about meniscus surgeries and they are NOT the “end all, be all” fix! In fact, 017many people say the pain is the same or worse after the surgery…so why chance it? I’ve had this surgery previously and was VERY happy with the results (no more pain).

So WHY NOT do it again? Like I said, I’m not comfortable with the possible (or lack thereof) results! This could derail my AT Thru Hike attempt…something I don’t want to put on hold.

Also, my niece, daughter and son-in-law has guilted me in to running a Turkey Trot 5K.  So I need to get in shape…can’t let these “youngens” make me look bad on the run…  It’s all for fun, but I like to show my metal…still strong as ever.  If you are in the JoplinMO area on Thanksgiving, come out and join in on the fun!  I’ll be the slow, old guy.

For now…I’ll just deal with the pain and keep keeping on!

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