Fit at Forty: A bump in the road

00321118 In case you missed the headlines, a couple of weeks ago I busted up my left knee pretty badly. And while it never actually made the headlines, it should have. It was that painful and important – to me anyway. Thankfully, with a sister who’s an OT and a little R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), I’m on the road to recovery.

Needless to say the whole incident put a monkey wrench in my plan to be fit at forty. I had finally found a morning rhythm, getting up early and walking anywhere from 2-4 miles daily. I was even at the point where I was, wait for it… enjoying my walks. And then this.

I wish I could say I busted my knee hiking, preparing for a marathon or secretly rendezvousing with my mystery man one night. I wish I could say that’s how it happened. You know what really happened? I got up to take a sheet of paper off the printer *hangs head in shame* That’s it. There was no earthquake while I was reaching for the paper, and my printer didn’t start doing something out of a Transformers movie. I just stood up.

In all fairness to me, I got up really, really quickly and did an intricate kind of Matrix move to reach the printer. Because you know, you can never pull a sheet of paper off the printer fast enough.

I don’t feel too bad though, a friend recently posted a picture of himself on Facebook wearing a neck brace. And while he did sustain his injury engaging in strenuous physical activity, his Facebook status sums it up, “I got all Evel Knievel on my mountain bike, but instead of the Grand Canyon, I attempted a speed-bump sized root in the Forest Preserve. The root won.” He’s also 40. Is this some kind of trend?

I hope to get back to walking next week. But why is it so much harder to get back into a thing than it is to get out of it? Nevertheless, I have every intention of doing it. I’ve only got 9 months left on my quest to be fit at 40, and I’m determined not to let the root win.

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Grace is a freelance writer and blogger living in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • SimplyForties

    Good luck getting back in the saddle and you’re right, it’s tougher than the original start. Sometimes it seems like the universe aligns to keep us from our best intentions!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the well wishes! Yes, it does seem like some days – weeks – sometimes month are all uphill. But I guess then that the next few will be all smooth sailing!

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  • JD

    Grace, this post wasn’t supposed to make me laugh but it did. Specifically regarding what you actually did to cause the injury and what you could’ve been doing (“I wish I could say I busted my knee hiking, preparing for a marathon or secretly rendezvousing with my mystery man one night”)

    Is your knee better now, cuz? I hope so. I love the idea of walking daily. If you continue, you can do 5k’s and 10k’s and marathons. You should find new walking paths and take pics!

    Love ya,

    Jacqueline D.

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  • Marina

    the story of my life… glad to see I am not the only one who f*^$ up her body during really stupid household tasks 😀 thank you for sharing
    (the post is from years ago, so I trust you are back to not-running and being fit by now)