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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 emoticon

The weather today was perfect, the course was beautiful and I finished within my target time zone. Life is good!!
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PAMTHEDREAMER 5/4/2011 7:26PM

    Yippy!!Congrats Tammy. I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/3/2011 7:18PM

    This blog put a smile on my face. After going through my own knee issues since my first half last November, I am so desperate to get out and do another one, but I know it is best to take it slow and eventually I'll get there.

That being said... I think we've both got plenty of time to strengthen and train for San Francisco in October. Can't wait!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 5/3/2011 10:38AM

    Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment - I'm so excited for you!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 5/3/2011 8:06AM

    Thinking of you early this morn and SO GLAD I stopped by!! I cannot express just how thrilled I am for you!! I SOOOOO get you & understand your NEED to be out there! I know that you know you've NEVER ceased to be a runner! With a temporary injury, I got but a tiny taste of what you've been going through & it's given me a deeper appreciation for what you're experiencing!!

Can hardly wait to continue celebrating all your victories!! Time to start planning the one we'll do together, don't ya think??

;) TIGHT HUG!!!
~Deej

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AUNTIE65 5/2/2011 8:44PM

    So excited for you my friend! So very happy you could experience another race so soon - even if it was walking!

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SMALLERSHEEP 5/2/2011 8:31PM

    Yay Tammy! I'm so happy for you!

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SORGIN 5/2/2011 1:58PM

    Here's a big ole smile for you! emoticon

You have come a long way in a short amount of time. Of course, you probably wish your recovery was moving faster but to walk 13.1 miles a year after major surgery?! Where they dealt with bones?! That is incredible! And YOU are incredible for taking on the challenge and crossing the line feeling strong and ready to tackle the next race. You are proof that challenges aren't obstacles. As you would say: they are what they are. You deal with it all, create a new outlook and carry on! AWESOME!

YAY! emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 5/2/2011 11:43AM

    Congratulations! Great job and I am sure that it felt good being able to get out and about again.

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MARATHON_MOM 5/2/2011 10:57AM

    Congratulations! I know it was awesome to be out there again!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/2/2011 10:49AM

    I am so proud of you - you are an inspiration to patience and hard work.

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BSTAKINGACTION 5/2/2011 10:09AM

    I am SO HAPPY for you, Tammy! And very excited! Wish I could have been with you in person.

You've just handled this whole adventure JUST THE WAY YOU SHOULD! What an inspiration you are...

You are my hero. emoticon

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MIRAGE727 5/2/2011 7:49AM

    Congratulations. I can't imagine a HM yet but your accomplishment is outstanding. I wish you nothing but a full recovery. Thanks for sharing!
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