I made it 5 miles today without any pain! Whohoo! It's only 27 days until the Fox Cities Marathon and I have a relay team relying on me for a 5 mile leg of the race. I took it slower and was on the treadmill, but this is a very promising start! Dr. J recommended that wear the adominal compression binder and layer on the bras again for awhile. It worked like a charm. No pain (until I hit the shower and realized the binder cause some chaffing, oh well...more body glide).
My brother posted a picture with a good quote about how so many people don't consider themselves "runners" or feel like they have to meet a certain distance or speed requirement before they can officially call themselves a "runner." Well, my moment came before my last surgery. I had that pre-op EKG that worried the anesthesiologist so I had to see a cardiologist to make sure that my low heart rate wasn't due to any problems. During my appointment he asked a ton of questions, one of which was "Are you a runner?" My response wasn't yes. I said that I like to run, I've do a hand full of 5K or 10k races and the half marathon earlier this year. Then he asked "How long have you been doing this?" So I did the calculations quickly in my head: 9 years (minus two pregnancy breaks). The doctor chuckled and said, "You're a runner."
I am a runner and I am back at it now.