I Saw My Surgeon Yesterday – Running Update!

Remember when I used to read and write blog posts daily? I miss that. My schedule has just been totally out of control lately and I just don’t have the time or energy to write every day. Plus without running my life is pretty boring. I mean it’s boring anyway, but it’s extra boring without running.

The good news is …

Running is coming back into my life! If you watched my last vlog then you know I went for my first run post-surgeryย and that it didn’t go well.

I experienced a lot of tightness in my right leg in particular that came on really quickly. It felt a lot like the tightness I felt pre-surgery that I’m not supposed to feel anymore.

I saw my PT both Tuesday and yesterday. On Tuesday he said he thought the tightness was just because my legs are still swollen. Even on the days that they don’t look very swollen on the outside, they are still swollen.

Doctor’s Note

I saw my doctor yesterday morning and he basically agreed. He also said that there is some serious scar tissue built up right now on the right leg that we need to mobilize. He gave my PT instructions to really get aggressive on the manual therapy, and he’s also having Adam help with it too. I honestly can’t do it myself, it hurts soooooo badly. I’m not really religious but when they are working on my scar tissue I am praying hard for Jesus to take the wheel and let me pass out.

My doctor believes once the swelling is gone and the scar tissue is mobilized I will be good to go.

A Training Plan

When my doctor and I were talking about my 5 minute run on Saturday he reminded me that the time table for returning to running is up to 8 weeks. He said if I want to run now he prefers that I start with run/walk with 30 second intervals and then slowly build up to a continuous run.

I’m a little annoyed by the 30:30 intervals because I didn’t really have any pain at all during the five minute run — just the tightness. That being said I am grateful that I have his blessing to get back to running. I’m going to start doing the 30:30 intervals three times per week. I’m not sure for how long yet, he didn’t give me specifics, just to build my endurance back slowly.

I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m complaining because I’m not!!! I mean, okay I am a little bit, but I am still seriously happy to be this far into recovery. A couple of weeks ago it seemed like I would never be cleared to run again!

Life is definitely on the upswing!

What’s one positive thing going on in your life right now?! Let’s celebrate!ย 

12 comments

  1. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    PT and taking things “easy” is always a bit frustrating and boring to me, but I know it needs to be done for success in the end. So keep up with all the things they’ve been recommending! I’m glad to hear things are heading in the right direction.
    haha, love the hopes to pass out. That does not sound fun at all! That’s what I imagine when I see people get dry needled or scraped. ouch.

    1. Kristina

      Oh man I cannot imagine dry needling or anything with needles! Nope nope nope, not for me!

      Luckily the massage therapy seems to be getting more tolerable with time. I guess as the scar tissue breaks up it’s less painful to massage, or maybe I am just getting tougher! haha

  2. Karen Bayne

    Yay for progress ๐Ÿ™‚ and hopefully if the 30:30 go well you can alter that to a more comfortable ratio!
    Hopefully the scar tissue breaking up will help soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Tissue heals so slow…and sometimes you can feel sensations even after you are sure it is healed. I still feel crazy pinches in my stress fracture spt all this time later.
    I have hours to burn at work because they will only let us carry so much so I am currently trying to figure out when to take days off ๐Ÿ™‚ and watching your Vlog

    1. Kristina

      Hahahah I hope you are planning a fun vacation!

      The 30:30 was just crazy so I did 1:1 yesterday and that was okay. I did run/walk for just over half a mile and that wiped me out lol. I have no endurance left!

  3. Susan

    You are healing! I know it’s so hard to be patient…believe me I know ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have to be super careful with my running and I am over 3 months back. I have little set backs here and there but I just remind myself it’s much better than being in my brace, receiving treatment and not being able to run at all!!

    1. Kristina

      EXACTLY! I feel silly when I catch myself feeling frustrated because 4, 5, 6 weeks ago I would have given anything to be this far into recovery!

  4. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    So glad to hear this good news! Hm, for me on the positive end- I have nothing going on this weekend and it’s kind of amazing!
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    1. Kristina

      The best! I love those kind of weekends!

  5. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    For some reason this didnt show up on my Bloglovin until Saturday! I hate when that happens. Anyway, I think it really makes sense that the tightness can be from scar tissue. Your calves have been through alot! I think the deep tissue stuff will help alot. Good luck as you continue your transition back to running!
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    1. Kristina

      I can already feel it working! The first day when my PT showed me how to massage the scar tissue myself I swear it felt like there was a solid brick under my skin. It was literally hard as concrete, but now it’s starting to feel a little normal again!

  6. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    This is such good news, Kristina. ๐Ÿ™‚

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