Friday, December 23, 2011

The Green Light

Yesterday’s Facebook status:

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Yep, that’s right!  Yesterday at my follow up appt with my Kaiser Sports Medicine doctor she gave me the “green light” to go ahead and run!  This definitely warrants another woo-freakin’-hoo! 

My appt went really well.  We talked about how I’ve been feeling {I even told her how I was running late that morning and jogged up the stairs in the medical building with NO PAIN --- at my first appt with her I had pain walking up those stairs!} and we discussed what I’ve been doing with my PT.  She had me do some balancing tests and then she “tested” my strength and flexibility and lastly she had me do a hop test.  She said both my flexibility and strength had improved since my first visit {yay for PT that works}.  We discussed a few little issues I’m still having {nerve pain in my sciatica and piriformis as well as some lingering back pain occasionally and a tight hamstring --- all sciatica related} and what I can expect as I continue to heal and get stronger. 

Towards the end of the appt I asked a few dreaded questions: 

    1. Can I return to using the elliptical
    2. Can I run?!? 

She said yes TO BOTH.  Of course both of these go-ahead's came with stipulations:

  • stop if ANY PAIN
  • continue PT exercises & appt’s
  • don’t add any additional strength exercises without PT approval
  • start slow on the elliptical with little to no resistance and slow speed and slowly build it back up
  • start slow with running with a run/walk and build slowly
  • email her if I have any questions or concerns

ALL GOOD NEWS.  I was ecstatic when I left her office and I’m looking forward to my first run next Tuesday … and to get back to the gym for cross training soon.  I definitely don’t have any idea how I’m going to be feel {when I return to running} so my only goal {for now} is to make it through my first run/walk on next Tuesday and then see how I feel, both during and after.  But I have to tell you --- I’m excited, and hopeful. 

Thank you to everyone for your support during these dreaded 8 weeks.  I still have a long road ahead of me and I’m anxious to get started down it.  Continue to keep your fingers crossed for me that when I return to running next week its pain free :)

6 comments:

Jen said...

Awesome news! I'm surprised you didn't get out for a run right away!

ajh said...

Outstanding!

Suz and Allan said...

What great news!!!

Marisa @ The Pace of my Life said...

great news! :)

christa said...

Yay!! Awesome news, what a great Christmas present!!

That Pink Girl said...

Yea, yea, YAAAAAAY! So excited for you to be healed!