Tuesday, December 13, 2011

8 Weeks Out

Today marks the 8 week point from my surgery.

I'm sure I'll have a much more definitive answer in another 4 weeks or so when I'm back running but right now I don't regret having it done one bit.  Yes it was an inconvenience but I have zero pain (even in the places I was having some discomfort in before the surgery), I'm moving freely about the world - not running yet but that is strictly a strength issue at this point, and most importantly I don't feel it shifting on me as I'm moving.  MAJOR improvement.

I'm officially building up to that return-to-running point.  30 minutes on the elliptical today at the Y.  Kicked my ass - yes, 8 weeks of inactivity will result in some major detraining, but at least I'm to the point that I can start working on my fitness level, so that when I do start running again I won't be that far behind.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hitting "Enter"

I've got a plan in place now.  I've got the next 10 weeks planned out for my rehab and getting back to running.

That's the easy part.  The hard part is going to be getting back into the routine of getting it done.

So here's the plan for the next three weeks (sort of*):
Monday:  Rehab/strength
Tuesday:  Cardio - at least 45 minutes, I'm hoping on the elliptical.
Wednesday:  Rehab/strength
Thursday:  Cardio
Friday:  Rehab/strength
Saturday:  Cardio
Sunday:  OFF

*I say sort of because we'll be in Cincy the week of the 19th and I'm not going to have access to anywhere I can do cardio....that week will just be a rehab week.

So, I've gotten it all programmed out, now I just need to hit "enter" and run the damn thing.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

7 weeks post-op!  It's hard to believe that I've been out of the cast for a full week already.
  • the incision is still healing a couple of spots but looks really, really good
  • my skin is still uber-sensitive
  • it feels really, really good to scratch!
I'm making some good progress on my rehab:  my dorsiflexion is equal or maybe just a bit better than the right one and my plantarflexion is only lacking about 10 degrees.  Now that I'm able to move the damn thing and my motion is improving I'm going to be able to make some significant strides with my strength.

I just need to remember that flexibility improves day-to-day, and I must work on it daily, and strength improves week-to-week so I need to be a bit more patient to appreciates gains.  I am back to wearing my Free Run 2s so that will help with some foot strength.

Must say I'm pretty pleased with how it feels and where I'm at 7 weeks from surgery.  I just need to keep plugging away.