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.
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.