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