I’ve tried to write this blog post a few times this week, but ended up nauseous and at a loss for words every time that I tried, which I guess captures my first week of recovery. In comparison to my last surgery, my first few days were much better but Days 5 and 6 were pretty grim. I stopped taking pain medicine yesterday, which left me uncomfortable and grumpy. Thank goodness for Scandal, the world’s most addicting TV show.
Earlier in the week, I was able to lift and even do a “chair workout.” From plotting 70 mile weeks to doing senior citizen chair workouts is quite the transition. Still, it helps me approach normal to have a “workout” to complete every day and maintaining strength isn’t going to hurt my return to running. In that vein, Will and I agree that we are going to work on building the foundation before I get back to running. While this may mean that I don’t run as soon as I might like, having a good foundation under me will allow me to get back up to normal volume more quickly. It’s not hard to get back to running 4 miles a day, 6 days a week. Try to get back to 70 to 80 miles a week without a good foundation, however, and you’ll be on the injury train before you know it.
For the next week, my goal is to just survive. School starts again tomorrow, which will be exhausting. I’m also hoping to return to coaching because I miss my kids and we are about 6 weeks from the state meet. Snow adds a level of difficulty, but I’m hopeful I can at least stay upright. On the 14th, my cast comes off and I can weight bear! One of the biggest differences between this surgery and my compartment release is that I think I could walk if I had to, a drastic difference from the compartment release where I had to be bribed into walking after 6 weeks. I’m looking forward to being able to return to the gym, even if it’s only to colonize the recumbent bicycle and pool.