Had a date with my surgeon today to follow up from my hernia surgery last Friday. I’ve been feeling better each day, so felt like this would be a fairly benign visit. And I was right! When I asked him if “this is normal”, he responded with, “Oh yes, and in fact, that’s one of the best healing I’ve seen”. God I love being an over achiever in the healing department.
He then asked, “I suppose you’d like to know when you can start running again and resume your normal life”. My response might surprise some of you. I answered, “I’m interested of course, but I feel like I know my body well enough to know when it’s time to run again”. I don’t say that in a cocky, look-at-me-being-a-doctor sort of way; I say it in a truthful, look-at-me-being-patient-with-my-healing sort of way. I also told him (pointing to my incision area), “I only want to do this once”. He concurred.
Since I’ve already been walking Bella as much as possible to get myself moving again, I’ll continue to do so for the rest of this week. I will work on speed (hee, that sounds funny) and on stretching my stride, but I will hold back on any jogging for this week. Depending on how I’m feeling on Christmas Day, I may just surprise myself with a little Christmas gift in the form of a jog and see where that takes me.
I want no setbacks and I want no further doctor visits. I’ve always erred on the side of caution and that strategy has always worked for me. I’ve let go of the winter races I had hoped to do this year and will soon focus on putting together a two-part training plan for Boston: 1) training to get strong again (now thru mid-Jan), and 2) training to get myself to the starting line of Boston 2012 (mid-Jan thru April 16).
Not sure how this will all play out, and not sure if I’ve got another 3:57 in me come April. I am sure that I will take some baby steps now in order to ensure that I can take some grown up steps later with a goal of celebrating another strong Boston finish. Who knows, maybe this forced rest period will result in a stronger me: mentally and physically. Sounds good, so I’m going to
run walk with it!