I am starting this log to chronicle my process recovering from injuries I sustained while training for a marathon last year. I was up to 20 miles on my longest runs and a month away from the marathon, when I tore my left meniscus and partially ruptured my left achilles. I was getting back to exellent shape, but had to cut back on my workouts when I had arthro to repair my knee in October. After several non-invasive techniques failed, I finally had surgery last week to repair it. The following URL shows how they repaired it. [WARNING: SORT OF GRUESOME] http://www.thefootandankleclinic.com/article215section12.htm I will be in a non-weight bearing cast for 6 weeks and a boot for 2-3, which will make cardio difficult. My goal now is to lose fat and slowly increase muscle while recuperating. I will slowly increase my cardio and weight lifiting and try to get myself back in shape without reinjuring myself (which, sadly, at 44 is becoming too easy to do). 6-20-2007 Started walking through the neighborhood on crutches two days ago, and have slowly worked up to around 10 blockks (maybe a quarter mile). I am also starting 10 day South Beach diet Phase 1 cycle to reduce bodyfat. I have found that I typically lose 10 lbs ( a lot of fat and a bit of water) when I go on this cycle. I will then slowly add slow burning catbs back into my diet.