It’s hard to believe that I am already 5 weeks post-op. 5 weeks ago, I thought I’d be close to running again. While I’m closer than I was 3 weeks ago, it seems unlikely that I’ll head out the door to jog next week.
That said, I am definitely starting to make progress. PT is going well and my scars are starting to fade down. I’m currently trying to decide whether to dress them up with a tattoo (after I get off Coumadin, of course). Suggestions have included a full calf sleeve with a Halloween theme (thanks Pete), bows or a zipper up the back. As you’ll see below, getting the remainder of the glue off was a significant improvement.
I’m starting to run in the deep well a couple of days a week. I did 15 minutes yesterday and felt good. Water moving over the incisions was a little uncomfortable, but I managed. Today, however, I am very tight in my hips, so will need to start to work on flexibility again. On days when I’m not in the pool, I’m up to 30 minutes on the bike. I am also starting to do upper body weight training again.
Despite getting back into the swing of things, I am still extremely tired by the end of the work day. By the time I make dinner, I’m ready to crawl into bed. Even this morning, I skipped my morning bike ride for more sleep. It’s very similar, actually, to the way I often feel during peak mileage weeks, where I could sleep 12 hours a day and not be rested. Luckily, the “Sarah crush” phenomenon that I also have during peak weeks is absent.
Below are my scars at 5 weeks: Lateral on theTop, Medial on the Bottom