Traveling the Recovery Road: My first HM post-op
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Today marks a milestone on my road to recovery. Many of you know that I had major foot surgery in March of last year and was told that it would be 2 years before I could run again. I am almost 14 months post-op and today I walked a Half Marathon and lived to tell you about it!
I have always thought of myself as a very slow walker but a middle-of-the-pack runner. Walking an entire race is not something I'm comfortable doing... but I was feeling desperate to get back out there, and back into the racing community. Three weeks ago today I walked 4 miles. 2 weeks ago I walked almost 8 miles, and last week I walked just over 10 miles. One day a week for a month and I was ready for my 13.1. That isn't to say that I didn't have a cardio base... just that walking is still challenging for me.
I am still struggling with joint realignment issues in my ankle and knee as well as limited flexibility in my foot, but boy-oh-boy did it feel good to be on a race course again! Even just being at the expo, seeing friends and vendors I've come to know over the years, put a huge smile on my face
The weather today was perfect, the course was beautiful and I finished within my target time zone. Life is good!!