I played soccer growing up -- we're talking from second grade on, until I graduated high school, at which point I played college intramurals just so I could keep in the game somehow. I never really thought of myself as a runner, though, being that aside from sprints at practice, I didn't run outside of a game. What was the point? Practice kept me in enough shape!
The summer between my two years in grad school, my roommate and I decided we'd start training for the America's Finest City Half Marathon in August. On July 4, we ran our first race ever, the Coronado July 4 15K. Yep, my first road race ever and here I am going for a 15K!
That summer, I also I played in a women's rec league in San Diego. I absolutely loved it; on July 9, just 5 days after that first-ever road race, I was playing in a game, stopped the ball, and my knee just gave out on me. I hobbled off the field, sat down and stretched for a few, and went back in about 15 minutes later. Not even a minute back in, I tried throwing in the ball from the sideline and couldn't even get my left leg to be stable enough to throw -- it was just jello.
|First half marathon weekend - here we go! January 2012.|
Long story short, I partially tore both my meniscus and my ACL and had my first arthroscopic surgery in November 2007. Doctor said after therapy and a strong recovery, I could go back to doing what I was doing - I thought, awesome! Fast forward a year and a half, and I was playing in an intramural soccer game with my students in April 2009 in Texas - I was running, I stopped, and pop, there goes the knee. Again. Second surgery, July 2009, full ACL reconstruction with a cadaver graft.
|I'm a marathoner! February 2013.|