Hip surgery update!
Your girl is fully back on her feet! I’ve been cleared to run – a week ahead of time #overachiever
Let’s talk about what it feels like to run again after a 4-month hiatus with diminished muscle mass and strength in my hip…
- What was interesting is that the first day I ran, which was this past Saturday, I just started taking steps. The first 100 meters or so was no big deal. It was like riding a bike; didn’t even feel like I had ever stopped running.
- But then it started to hit me… the slight pain in my left shin. Like shin splints.
- I thought to myself, “I just want to get a half-mile in without stopping.”
- So I did and stretched again + more mobility. Then I ran another half mile back to my car.
- I was breathing HEAVY – mouth open, heart rate up to 175, just feeling like I was doing something so much more strenuous than a simple 1-mile run.
What does this mean? Well, that my endurance is low, my cardiorespiratory system needs a lot of work, and that I need to work on building my strength back up.
The experience was humbling because, as an athlete who focused on training and getting into great shape pre-surgery so I could recover faster post-surgery, I definitely didn’t expect to feel so out of shape with my first run.
But here I am, working to get back to better than my pre-surgery shape so that I can race again.
Where are you at right now? Are you loving the shape you’re in? Working on regaining your fitness? Just getting started?
Wherever it is, I’m cheering for you.
And if you need a little more than a cheer – like personal accountability, a solid plan, and unlimited support, let’s talk. No pressure, just want to serve you in doing whatever it takes to find your athlete within.