Run Doodle Run

The long road to 26.2

First post-half workout

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That race took more of a toll on my legs than I thought it would. I think that’s largely due to the fact that 98% of my running was done on a crushed stone trail, which is softer than blacktop (go figure). In the week and a half since the race, I’ve gone walking with Aaron and Katie and have felt some bone pain, mainly in my femurs, but haven’t gone running since. This past Tuesday I had my first real workout since the race. I went to a 60 minute spin class at the gym, which was a great workout. I used to go spinning regularly, but as my mileage ramped up I decided that my time and energy was better spent running than spinning. It felt really good though to get back on the bike (although I think my butt might disagree…). I also ran for the first time Wednesday evening. My dad decided that he wants to train for a 5 mile race just before Christmas, so I took him out for his first 1 mile run the other night. I’m starting him off with a run/walk plan so he doesn’t injure himself by doing too much too soon.

I’m glad I was able to get those workouts in, because I had surgery yesterday morning and it turns out I won’t be able to workout or run for 6 weeks – that’s a lot longer than the 2-3 weeks the doctor told me over the summer! I’ve had trouble breathing through my nose for years and finally said enough’s enough this year. My doctor and I thought it was allergies, but much to our surprise the allergy tests came back negative, so I went to see an ENT specialist. It turns out I have non-allergic rhinitis, a deviated septum, and enlarged turbinates. The surgery straightened out the septum and shaved down the turbinates so that the nasal passages are more opened.

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The surgery only took about an hour and a half and I was home by 1:00pm. Other than some serious pain yesterday afternoon from swelling, I actually feel much better than I was expecting to. I was expecting excruciating pain, but aside from the bleeding I just feel like I have a really bad head cold. I’m not too thrilled about not running for 6 weeks, because I have a race in 7 weeks, so I’m doing everything I can to get this to heal properly as quickly as possible. Maybe after my post-op I’ll be able to negotiate a bit on that 6 week bit…

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