Personal Victories at Highbanks Metro
Today Jake and Liv were off on a daddy daughter day at Cedar Point, so me and Abby ventured out solo together to Highbanks Metro Park. In the morning I tried to take her to run errands with me, but when she tried to pull down her pants and pee in the REI checkout line I knew it was time to head to the woods instead. Potty training is the worst BTW, and if she wasn’t leading this charge I would let her stay in diapers forever because it’s so much easier.
Highbanks Metro Park is awesome if you haven’t been there. It’s got a variety of trails, playgrounds, and a really nice nature center. We passed the nature center on the tail end of our hike, so we stopped in to check it out. They have a great area for kids, and a really beautiful library type room with huge observation windows. It seems like the perfect place to sit with a book and a coffee.
Today I did three miles, and while it’s no alpine ascent it’s not super level either. It’s rated moderate to difficult on the website. I originally planned to do a less challenging trail because I knew I would need to carry Abby most of the way, but I got lost and ended up doing a longer, harder hike than I planned. I seriously have no sense of direction. Once I got lost in my own neighborhood, and my family has never let me forget it.
Abby walked about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, and then took up residence in her hiking lazy-boy. This baby carrier is basically the Lexus of hiking carriers and I have no regrets. Normally Jake wears Abby in this when we hike because I’ve been rehabbing my knee the past sixth months after a micro fracture surgery and a torn meniscus. I’ve been working so hard to regain muscle tone and normal gait, but it’s been much more difficult than I anticipated. This is my third knee surgery, and by far the hardest recovery.
I’m not going to lie, I had to work for these miles today. Completing those miles, pain free, was such a huge deal for me. While I hiked I was reflecting on how much has changed in a year. My 30th birthday is this week! Last year on my birthday I got the news that I would need another knee surgery that would come with some pretty intense recovery. I had the surgery in September and was completely non-weight bearing for 8 weeks, and I am still working on a full recovery. Last year at this time I was also still battling with some pretty nasty PPD (Postpartum Depression).
Since September I have weaned off my anti-depressants completely and I am feeling so great, mentally. I have two small children so not every day is a picnic but it all feels so much more manageable and I’m so grateful to feel like myself again. I’ve also been putting in the work at the gym and physical therapy. I’m not entering the Arnold Classic anytime soon, but six months ago I could barely walk without limping or extreme pain. Today was such a huge mental and physical high. Honestly I’m gonna go ahead and give myself a not so humble brag for the progress I’ve been making! It doesn’t really matter how I compare to anyone but myself, and I killed it today.