On April 13, 2015, during my last few days of my freshman year at BYU, I had an accident while riding a razor scooter. [Word to the wise - Let the 5-10 year olds ride the razor scooters. Their lower center of gravity make falling off much less hazardous!]

During this accident, I broke my knee. In essence, a two inch piece of bone that was attached to my ACL broke off. Upon returning home to Texas, I had surgery to repair the damage. It has been almost 3 months since I had my knee surgery. After being on crutches and in an immobilizing brace for 6 weeks, I finally was able to put weight on my leg and begin walking again. After walking on my leg for several weeks, I started physical therapy. I attend physical therapy twice a week where I work on bending, strengthening, balance, and walking normally again.

Since this is the first time I have had a serious injury, I did not know how difficult it would be to return back to my normal physical capabilities. It will take me 6-8 weeks of physical therapy to be able to walk a mile normally and ride a bike. Although I cannot run yet, I still am in a training regimen that requires extreme dedication. Twice daily I have to perform many exercises such as doing hundreds of leg lifts, walking over cups, strengthening using resistance bands, and bending my leg as much as possible. I have increased the strength in my hips, quads, and calves as well as increasing the bend in my knee from 55 to 75 degrees. I am working on how to walk properly again by first straightening my leg then bending it back as it comes off the ground. Every step I take, I have to consciously make sure I am walking correctly, without limping or favoring my injured leg.

My new daily regimen takes 1.5 - 2 hours and can be challenging and painful.

Because I run, I have learned the dedication it takes to keep to a schedule. Because I run, I know that if I slack off, I will not achieve my goals and I won’t be able to return to my full capacity. Because I can’t run now, I have motivation to work hard so that I will be able to run again in the near future.