Today marks my first day back to running. Now, to be fair, I ran in the shallow end of the pool to minimize impact, but I ran nonetheless. And it felt great! I had some minor pain on the lateral part of the ankle bone and like running in the deep well, the water moving over the incisions felt a bit uncomfortable. Overall, however, I felt much better than I’d expected.
I am starting to get back into a gym routine as well. I now alternate between running in the pool and working out at PT (3 days a week) with riding the bike (indoors) for 30 to 45 minutes. Neither activity has much pain associated with it, but I am definitely ready for some outdoors time with real air.
Vermont City Marathon is just a couple weeks away and I must admit, I’m frustrated to miss it for the second year in a row due to this injury. It’s my “hometown” marathon and I had high hopes of performing well in front of my family and friends. I still haven’t decided whether I will stay in town that weekend or not. Last year, I hid out at my parent’s house, not wanting to see a city full of runners. I’m feeling more hopeful this year, perhaps because the dark cloud of reemergence is hopefully resolved by the surgery. Still, it will be hard to watch people give their all while I’m relegated to the sidelines.
I’m hopeful, however, that I will begin to run outside of the pool soon and begin the much more fun part of recovery – rebuilding a base.