With close to 20 years of competitive running under my belt, like most runners, I have had my fair share of injuries and minor setbacks. However, March 8, 2011 marked the first significant injury of my career, which resulted in my first surgery on April 19, 2011. I went from peeking in my spring training to sitting on the couch with my leg elevated, wrapped in an ice cuff, and three holes in my knee. The complex meniscus tear resulted in arthroscopic surgery leaving me with 50-60% of the rim in tack. The cause of the injury is still a mystery, but fortunately the rehab window is only 2-3 months. My goal is to strengthen the leg and get back to competitive running in the fall. I have continued to count my blessings for overall good health and to be fortunate to receive top notch care at Duke Sports Medicine. So, for all those runners laboring through injuries or experiencing setbacks, I empathize, and wish you a speedy recovery!
Bryan Brander, Ed.D.
Runner, coach, leader, mentor, consultant, husband, father, believer.