Not exactly the triumphant return I expected…

So this happened yesterday!!

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Welcome to my first run post op. It only took 14 weeks and one day. Not that I’m counting or anything…

I would love to tell y’all it was all sunshine and rainbows but really, it was not so much. These punk sesamoids are tough to heal. Some days I am absolutely positive they are on the mend, only to wake up the next day feeling like I took a few steps back. Will (my PT) assures me they are definitely much better so I just have to trust his expertise. He hasn’t failed me so far. 🙂

After a few exercises & adjustments, I stepped on the treadmill for my first run since November. A couple minutes in, the left foot started barking at me so Will pulled the plug on the run. I thought that was it for the day, but Will had another trick up his sleeve. He taped my foot and asked if I prefer to run on the treadmill or outside. Duh, outside!

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So he sent his assistant & I on a wog (walk/jog) to the chocolate shop down the street for their famous salted caramel candy. They are seriously the best unlike this pic below.

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We started out at about 25% effort then worked up to 50% so it was nice & easy. Plus it was 80 degrees which this beach bum now thinks it’s “hot”. Ha my family is probably laughing at me right now since I grew up with 100+ degree summers.

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The tape worked really well, though I still had some pain. On a scale from 1-10 it was like a 3-4 but it quickly went away as soon as I stopped to walk which I learned is actually a good thing.

This was not the triumphant return I expected since I was preoccupied with paying attention to body parts hurting or flying off so I didn’t allow myself to enjoy the moment. But all things considered it went well. The hip held up very nicely in fact, I would have never guessed surgery was 14 weeks ago if I didn’t know. It blows me away how well my recovery has gone.

Would it be bad if I woke up thinking about switching to cycling as my primary sport of choice? Yah, I totally did.


8 Comments on “Not exactly the triumphant return I expected…

  1. OMG YAY!!!!! You ran!!!! I am so happy and excited for you as I know most of your readers and friends are! You’ve totally got some amazing patience with how you handled your recovery girlie!!!

  2. It is amazing that you are running/walking so quickly after your surgery! I’m not sure I would be as patient as you. By taking baby steps now you’ll be able to take giant steps in the near future. Congrats!

  3. Cycling is awesome!! I switch my focus from running to cycling every other year just to mix it up!

  4. Hooray – glad you were able to run!! Hopefully soon you will be running without any pain in your feet or hip!

  5. So happy to see you in a running photo! And yes, I think we’ve all thought about what would happen if we couldn’t run anymore.. and the thing is i’d be cycling or swimming or rowing–I love endurance sports!

  6. Yah! I’m so glad it went well. I’ve been following your journey and I feel like this IS triumphant. You are out there.

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