ACL: Anterior cruciate ligament

Meniscus: A rubbery disk that cushions the knee

Physical rehabilitation after ACL surgery may take several months to a year. The length of time until you can return to normal activities or sports is different for every person. It may range from 4 to 6 months.

Three weeks ago my husband had knee surgery to repair both his torn ACL as well as a torn meniscus in the same knee.  We had known since the beginning of the summer that he needed this surgery and we chose to postpone it to a *better time* when we thought there would be less going on in our lives.

For three weeks I’ve felt like a single mom.  I’ve taken care of everything my two children need, while trying to help my husband.  At this point he is more mobile than he initially was but is still on crutches, still in pain and spends most of his time sitting on the couch.

When I tell you I have never been more tired in my life – I’m not exaggerating.  I do not run some days simply because I know that I will need every ounce of energy I have just to make it through the day.  I’ve been going to bed at 8:30 almost every night, not by choice but because I simply can not keep my eyes open a minute longer. 

My body at 8 months pregnant is not happy with me. 

I have learned that I am stronger than I know.  I’m in survival mode.  This is my marathon.  I can and will conquer it.

Does this mean I haven’t broken down?  That I haven’t cried and told my husband I’m at my breaking point?  That I don’t look at him on the couch and wonder if knee surgery would be better than taking care of him, two kids and my pregnant self?  Yes I do and I have.

I’m proud to say however that at 8 months pregnant – 32 weeks – I’m still running.  It may be sporadic, it may be slow, but I’m still out there, even if I haven’t had much time to talk about it.


  1. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) says:

    I'm so sorry about your husband's injury. Isn't he a runner? He must be dying, especially now that it's getting so crisp out with fall's arrival. (As someone with a cracked pelvis, I totally sympathize.) I'm wishing him a speedy recovery, so that he can return to normal activities around the house (and running!)

  2. That must have been hard but looks like you did an amazing job…i am also 32 weeks pregnant and still running :) when you talk about fatigue i feel your pain i am also tired and thats why we have to listen to our bodies….keep it up you re doing great!!

  3. mommaof3ontherun says:

    It can be so hard to wear all the burden of running a household and to be pregnant on top of it! We've all had breaking points! Great job though! And 32 weeks and still running is fantastic!

  4. Be kind to yourself, you are doing so much above and beyond and you're allowed to be tired and frustrated! Hang in there and do something nice for yourself this week, besides RESTING!

  5. You hang in there! Each time I read your post I become more amazed at what you are able to do! And, I respect your candor when it all becomes too much. You seem like a "superwoman", but its nice to know that you are truly human too. You are not alone and I hope things start getting easier on you and your family soon. All the best!

  6. Lesley @ says:

    I think it's pretty awesome to do all that and hold it together. Good for you. And congrats on still running. May hubby heal QUICKLY!

  7. shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama says:

    Just yesterday was Hubbs first "real" race since his surguries. Yeah, pural. It is a long road. I am sure your hubbs is struggling with being "laid up." I am sure you can hold it all together. You are one strong lady.

  8. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Thank you all for your supportive and kind words. All of your comments help keep my motivation up!

    Kate – Hubby is a runner! He's done Marine Corps Marathon twice and hopes one day to do it again!

    Meg – I'm thinking what I should do for myself this week :)? I like that idea!!

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