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My first run since surgery

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Having my appendix out has been challenging in a lot of ways. As I mentioned in my last blog post, because my appendix was "oozing" it had to be treated as a rupture, so laproscopic surgery was not an option. I was opened up and had a drain for 4 days. I've had to completely change my routine. This experience has been incredibly humbling.

My surgery was on December 21st. All I've been able to do is walk. No strength training. No running. No core exercises of any kind. My surgeon was very clear; I have to allow my body to heal completely or I run the risk of developing abdominal hernias later on. I've been so worried about gaining since my main calorie burner during the week has been running. I've really cracked down on my nutrition and have been feeling awesome. I'm down a few pounds even! All of the walking has really given my joints a break from the running and I feel good.

Last Friday was the 4-week mark, and the day I could officially try running. To say I was scared was an understatement! I walked at a good clip for about 10 minutes and then decided to do some 60 second running intervals. It didn't hurt, but my incision pulled a bit. I was so excited to just be able to RUN! I was so careful not to overdo it. That's when I decided that this week I'd try to run for longer stretches, but be sure to wear some good, supportive running gear.

Monday I didn't get to the Y like I'd planned, so yesterday was the day. I wore my CW-X tights with AMAZING core support. After walking for 5 minutes to warm up, I was OFF! I jogged at 5.8 MPH for 1 mile, took a walk break, and then did it again! Another walk break, and then another 1/2 mile of running. I was surprised by how easily I got winded, but that's to be expected after a month off!

All things considered, I feel pretty good today emoticon

I can't even explain how happy I am to be RUNNING again! emoticon emoticon

I am registered for the Get Lucky 7K in March. At a little over 4 miles, it will be a great distance to ease back into racing with! I'm confident I'll be ready to go, my only goal will be to run the whole thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you to all of my spark buddies that have given me encouragement during this difficult time! You've all helped me to keep a positive attitude!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ORCHIDLADY56 1/27/2013 8:39AM

    Congratulations! Glad you are on the mend!

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SIMPLY4DHEART 1/26/2013 12:42AM

    Awesome job! What an amazing recovery you are making. What a proud moment that must have been to get back to your running and firness routine, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    She's baaaacccckkkk!! LOL. I'm so happy for you!

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FITFOODIE806 1/23/2013 1:24PM

    YEAH!!! This makes me so happy. And incredibly impressed with your will power during the month off. And such dedication to get right back to running. That says a lot about your commitment. I'm sure each run will get better and better!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/23/2013 12:30PM

    Yay! Glad your run went well.

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MISSCOFFEY 1/23/2013 11:43AM

    Hooray for progress!!! Well done, my friend. Keep it up!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/23/2013 11:01AM

    emoticon back! It sounds like you are being prudent with your restart program and not pushing too hard, so I'm sure you will regain your fitness quickly! Enjoy your training and best of luck on your race! emoticon

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