I’m four weeks post-leg break and three weeks post-surgery.
(If you’re catching up, read this post and this post.)
This week definitely showed signs of progress. I still had my moments when I felt sorry for myself, especially when seeing pictures on social media of all the fun the Marathon Tours group was having in Antarctica. 🙁 Social media can be harmful that way, can’t it? Seeing how great the weather was for the marathon, seeing all the amazing pictures…I was bummed.
I know that I shouldn’t dwell on that. I can’t change what happened. I can’t change my situation.
I can continue to try to focus on recovering and make the most of what I can do.
And overall, this was a good week.
Monday: 45 minutes of crank cycle, upper body weights (this workout and this workout are my favorites for upper body weights. Low weights, high reps.)
Tuesday: 60 minutes of crank cycle, upper body weights. Yes, I would rather be running. (Shirt from Sarah Marie Design Studio!)
Wednesday: 60 minutes of crank cycle, upper body weights
Thursday: This was a big day…I had a 4 week follow-up appointment with my surgeon at TRIA.
I had packed a gym bag before work with my swimsuit/gear with the hopes that I would be cleared to swim. Dustin was worried that I was setting myself up for disappointment; neither of us really knew whether the incisions were healed; they were still covered with surgical tape. And we’re not doctors 🙂
The appointment started with an x-ray and then a consult with the surgeon. He said that everything was healing really well. He told me that I could ease into putting a little bit of weight on it (ideally in the safety of my house to start). Additionally, I was cleared to swim! Yippee!!!
After the appointment, I had Dustin drive me straight to the gym to swim. I wasn’t comfortable walking yet down to the pool (it felt so odd to walk) so I scooted on down and swam for about 45 minutes. It felt really weird to move my leg in the water; it isn’t very mobile yet, so I really wasn’t kicking with it much and I couldn’t push off the wall/turn at all, but it still was SO nice to do something other than crank cycle!
After I got home, I tried walking around the house the rest of the evening; I even starting cleaning out my closet (which had been stressing me out). I probably overdid it a little bit with the amount of walking, as it was pretty sore by the end of the night.
The surgeon said I’ll be able to feel if I overdo it; the amount that I walk is up to me and my pain tolerance. I start PT next week at Mayo Sports Clinic downtown so I’ll see what their plan is for me as well; I’m sure we’ll be working on getting mobility back and then eventually strength.
Friday: I decided to still use the scooter on Friday at the office as I could only walk a little bit and very slowly. And to be honest, it still hurts quite a bit.
After work, I swam again for another 45 minutes. Afterwards, my friend Ericka, who is a personal trainer, offered to train me for an hour at her studio in Uptown. She was sure she could come up with a solid workout that I could do even without being weight-bearing..and guess what? She did!
The workout was great! She came up with so many great moves that I didn’t even think about.
I plan to train with her at least once a week, maybe twice if she can fit me in. She’s even willing to come to my house to train me too (we do have a little ‘gym’ space where my treadmill is.) If you are looking for a great trainer, checking out EDK Training! She also hosts fun Bells & Beers events, which are hour-long kettlebell/circuit classes at local breweries (followed by a pint of course!)
Saturday: My sister Cresta was kind enough to drive all the way from Eden Prairie to pick me up and take me to Northeast Fitness for a 30 minute crank cycle class. 30 minutes wasn’t a very long workout, so the instructor suggested that we stick around for the barre-ilates class. She was sure that the instructor would be able to offer me modifications that I could do with a bum leg.
I’m glad she suggested it- the class was great! It was a mix of pilates on the reformer mixed with some barre moves in a circuit style hour long class. I was able to do a lot more than I expected and got in a solid workout. Thanks Northeast Fitness!
That evening, we celebrated my new walking status with dinner at i.e.(Italian Eatery) by Lake Nokomis. (YUM!)
Sunday: 45 minute of lap swimming. There were kids taking swim lessons at my gym and they all pointed at me and said (quite loudly), “What’s wrong with her? What’s wrong with her leg?”
Kids…they have no filter!
I explained to those within ear distance that I had a broken leg, that’s why I use a scooter and have the boot. (I didn’t swim in the boot, just wore it down to the pool and then left it on the edge.)
Then we had brunch with our friends Craig and Richard at Eat Street Social. We decided to plan a little getaway to Palm Springs in April, when I’m a bit more mobile. It won’t take the place of Antarctica, but I think it will be good mentally to go somewhere warm for a long weekend. Our friends spend a lot of time in Palm Springs and offered us a lot of great tips for our trip!
That evening, we went to my sister’s in Eden Prairie for dinner. We are dog-sitting my friend Monica’s dog Darla and she’s the most chill dog ever (total opposite of Matilda!)
I thought she’d be a great example to my sister’s husband, who the girls are all trying to convince to get a dog. My sister’s three daughters are DYING for their own dog and will probably go for a smaller breed than a vizsla if/when they do get one, so Darla was a great visitor for them.
Fingers crossed my nieces get their wish soon!
Summary: Being cleared to swim was a huge morale booster. I know that I have such a long way to go, but seeing real progress really lifted my spirits. I know that there will be tough days where I get really down, but at least this week was a good one.
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I love that you are finding so many other ways to fit in exercise! I’m so happy that you are now cleared to swim too – that will be a great workout!
Thanks Kim! It’s great to be able to get in a little variety! I like swimming more than I realize when I’m in the thick of running/training. It’s lovely!
Wooohoo awesome you were cleared to swim (and for being able to walk around a bit)! Baby steps right?! I love the idea of Bells and Beers, sign me up! Also, that green sweater is gorgeous, where is it from?
Thanks Kim!!! The sweater is from a local boutique called Primp. It was perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Great news on being cleared to swim. The elation really comes through in your update. The other training successes are also great. Variety is a good thing.
Love the green sweater! And your nieces are so adorable. Love it when they pop into your updates.
Palm Springs will be a great getaway. I was all excited to recommend the hike to the top of San Jacinto mountain, but then… Sorry! Maybe next trip??
Thanks for still following along Eric even when there is no running here!
I read about San Jacinto but not sure I’ll be up for that yet 🙁
Great week! I bet you’ve never been happier to get into a pool!!! You will be out there doing your first post-surgery race sooner than you think! It’ll start flying by now, especially when you add PT. Congrats on the PROGRESS!!! You got this!
Well…I don’t know about a race for a long time but I appreciate your enthusiasm!!! 🙂
I admire your drive to continue to find ways to workout and be creative about it. Many people get injured and just wallow in the injury. You are clearly a highly motivated person. Do you think the accountability of having a blog has also helped with motivation and recover in a positive way?
Katie, that is so kind of you to say. I do think the blog helps keep me accountable but my love of fitness is deeper than just running and I want to be strong and fit however I can, even if it means crank cycling 🙂 The blog has helped though particularly with connecting with others who understand how hard an injury like this is on a runner…I’ve been able to vent here but I also want to have good news to share, so that’s motivation. Good question!
Your post reminds me of when my youngest son (who was 16 at the time) had a traumatic fracture of his tibia a few years ago while playing rugby. He was in a long leg cast for 6 weeks and then a boot. I took him to my parents’place in in northern Wisconsin for a long weekend. We kayaked, but the best moment of the trip him getting in the water and paddling around. His mood improved dramatically and from there, he continued to improve physically as well.
I’m really really happy for you that you get to swim!
Thank you Wendy! Yes it sounds like your son’s experience was similar to mine. Swimming has been super helpful!
Way to rock your recovery and with a smile on your face too!
So happy for you that things are picking up on the exercise front! This “off-season” is going to strengthen you so much. What do you think: i.e. or Broders?
Ah tough question Paige! Both are good. I can’t choose!
Hooray for swimming! I know that must have felt incredible. How wonderful to have a personal trainer / friend who could put together a routine just for you. I’m glad you are feeling better about things. Just remember, you are much closer now to being fully recovered than you were. Hang in there and keep doing what you can. Thanks for linking.
Thank you, you are so right. Every day is a day closer to recovery.
Yay! So pleased that you’re able to swim now and can begin to be a little more mobile. Onwards and upwards!