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-surgery 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.
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!