Easing Back into Running

In yesterday’s post I mentioned how I saw my surgeon on Wednesday and he finally took my stitches out. It feels SO nice to look down at my legs and not see anything surgical. Sure I have four minor, very thin scars but now my legs look more-or-less normal and I shouldn’t take that for granted.

I’m still not cleared to run but I am cleared to at least do some walking. I know I overdid it in Vegas the day that Adam and I walked 12 miles and again two days later when we walked over 6 miles. I know it was overkill because my leg got really, really swollen.

I’m committed to a really easy (appropriate) re-entry into running. Honestly, I’m not even sure I have a choice in the matter. It’s now been 11 months since I’ve done a run over 8 miles and over 6 months since I’ve done any running at all.

Yesterday the weather was really nice, and with my clearance to walk, Adam and I headed out into the crisp air.

We walked just over half a mile. Even though I didn’t wear my Garmin I know that distance because I still remember all the mileage points around my routes.

My doctor says I should be able to run in about another two weeks. Basically the skin on my stubborn wound is still thin and he’s worried that swelling will make it break open again. After waiting this long I can wait another two weeks, but I can’t deny that during my walk today I thought a lot about running.

The weather was nice, we walked part of one of my favorite routes, and I just wanted to be running sooooo badly. It was one of those days that I knew the run would have felt perfect because the weather was so nice and I felt so good… although a little sore from squats :).

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Two weeks to go, I can do this. I hope I don’t cry in the doctor’s office when he finally says the words that I can run again! I’m worried I might because just imagining it makes me teary eyed. Thinking back to the couple runs I had in October gives me so much hope and fills me with excitement for the year ahead.

Until then it’s all about lifting. And taking care of Cecil.

This little boy goes in for his hyperthyroidism treatment next week. I’m really nervous because he actually has to stay at the vet hospital for 3 nights instead of the 2 nights I previously thought. He has never been in a cage before in his life and I’m worried about how he’s going to react to it. Luckily the hospital he’s going to is nice and actually will put him in a large, two-story cage so he’ll have plenty of room.

We’re allowed to leave him with blankets, toys and anything else that will comfort him, we just won’t be able to get any of that stuff back. I’m going to pack him a bag of all his favorite things, and I’ll just replace them while he’s gone. Anything to make him feel as comfortable as possible while he’s at the hospital.

When he comes home he’ll be cured and I’ll be cured too, or at least I’ll be just days away from running clearance. Lots to look forward to over the next couple of weeks!

Anyone have a cat who’s had the radioactive iodine treatment?
Exciting plans for the weekend?!?



  1. January 19, 2018 / 4:59 am

    Im so glad you were able to get the stitches out and can get back to running soon! Hopefully the next 2 weeks fly by!

    • Kristina
      January 21, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      It feels so nice to have the stitches out. My skin was started to get discolored around the stitches but since getting them out on Wednesday it’s already almost returned to its normal color!

  2. January 19, 2018 / 5:12 am

    Oh little Cecil. You guys will make it through this just fine. It sounds like he is going to have some posh digs where he is staying! Are you going to give him extra treats when you get home? Can you show us pics of your incisions?

    • Kristina
      January 21, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Of course we will give him a ton of treats when he gets home!!!! I’m also going to pull his play-pen out (the one we bought so he could sit outside with us), so that he can sleep in it and still be in the bedroom. The idea of locking him away in a different room was so sad to me, but when my friend recommended the playpen I was like OH YEAH DUH!

      I’ll take some new pics when I get ready to shower tonight and send them to you!

  3. January 19, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Oh no! I hope Cecil is ok. I’m sure his treatment will go well. I’ve actually never heard of a cat going through that treatment, but I have a friend that did and he was fine. Haha! I’m glad to hear that you’ll be back running. I’m sure that it will be nice to get back into the swing of things.

    • Kristina
      January 21, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      Hahahah that is good to hear about your friend!!! It is comforting! I know there are very little side effects for cats from the treatment but I am still worried for him!

  4. Robin
    January 19, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Hi Kristina! I’m sure you are asked this a lot but what breed is Cecil? I just adopted a kitty who looks like she could be Cecil’s twin! Thanks and love your blog 🙂

    • Kristina
      January 21, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Hey Robin! Cecil’s just a domestic shorthair. His mom was a tiny little black and white cat and his dad was a huge tabby that looked just like him.

      Congrats on your new cat!!!! SO exciting!!!!!!! Are you on Instagram? If so please DM me a pic!!!

  5. January 20, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Oh my gosh, what have I missed about Cecil?? I know he’ll go through his procedure just fine, but I’m sure it’s nerve-wracking to think about.

    • Kristina
      January 21, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Soooo nerve-wracking to think about him being away from home for so long, but I trust that he’s going to be in good hands. Just can’t wait for Friday to get here so I can pick him up and have the hardest part out of the way!