Running Again and Feeling Better

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Last week, a day before my birthday (Wednesday) and exactly two weeks after my surgery, I went running for the first time. I ran one mile at a very slow pace and although it hurt I was happy to be running again.

Two days later, on Friday morning, I ran again this time one and a half miles and a little faster. It still hurt but less. I ran again on Sunday (2 miles) and on Tuesday (3 miles). Each run was not only longer, but also less painful.

I have also started to do a little strength work. I bought some kettlebells and a fit ball and have started using them (and the TRX) to try and strengthen my body to avoid any more injury.

Both Jessica and my running coach think I started to exercise again too soon after the surgery, but I couldn’t wait any longer. The surgeon who “fixed” me said I could do anything I wanted and that there was no danger of the surgery coming undone.

“If you feel pain just take it down a notch,” he said to me.

“So as long as I can handle the pain I can do anything?” I asked, trying to make sure I understood correctly.

“Yes,” he said.

“Good,” I said. “I’m used too running with pain.”

I know I need to pace myself and give myself time, but getting back into my running shoes has made a difference in how I feel physically and mentally.

My blood sugar has also started to come down. I haven’t had a low yet but my numbers are no longer in the 200’s all of the time. I’m still waking up a little high – 120 – 160 – but most of the day is normal. My insulin requirements also seem to be coming down. 

I don’t know how much of this has to do with running and how much has to do with inflammation, but I feel like I’m getting back to my old self, maybe even better.

 

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Glad to hear you’re back at it again!

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