Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Itchy to Run!





Hello Hello!


Can someone please answer this for me? How long do I have to wait to start running again? I'm itching to start up because I was making such good progress before surgery and Paris. I tried a few jogs up and down the driveway today and the girls are still tender. I wondered if I wore two tight jog bras if that would help me stay put and not cause any trouble but I don't know if things are still healing in there. My post surgery instructions tell me to go back to normal activity after 2 weeks but if anyone has a different idea please let me know.

I did lift yesterday. Bob and I do a light workout every time we return from a trip. He calls it the Two Sets for Everything workout. We just do two light sets for each body part to get back into the groove. I feel good after the workout and I think the jet lag is pretty much gone.

Okay so I need your help here. Tell me what your experience has been.
Glad to be back,
Tosca

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had a similar procedure done and I was back to doing light cardio about a week and half later. It took me almost 30 days to feel comfortable running though!

Anonymous said...

I had an augmentation done in mid May. Prior to surgery, I was an avid runner. It took me six weeks to get back to running after the surgery - I could do all other types of cardio within 2 weeks of surgery, but was too "tender" to run. I was surprised that I was able to maintain my running fitness even though I wasn't running. In early July, I completed a 15K trail run with only 1 week of training. I actually had a decent time. My advice - don't push it and do other cardio until the tenderness goes away. You'll be surprised about how quickly you regain your running fitness.

nicole said...

Tosca...I admire your dedication...I had a surgical procedure done last Thursday and the doctor told me one week and I could return to normal activity. I believe I had a set back today so I am very bummed that it could be longer for me. I have tried to stay focused on my goals through this and its killing me to sit around. I am drawing off of your determination and strength to help me through my healing process.

Thanks again for be you!!
Nicole

Miss Healthy said...

It took me about 8 weeks post-op before I was able to run with no tenderness. I am no doctor but if you are noticing the "girls" during a jog things are still healing. I guess my advice is better safe than sorry! Protect your investment and stick to cardio with less impact.

Anonymous said...

I was told two weeks before light cardio and six weeks before running or lifting. I was also told not to do any pur pec exercises....yikes...I did go under the muscle, which might make a difference.
I would take it easy for a while and listen to your body. You don't want to cause any damage and have a further setback.
You deserve the time Tosca...Keep being the best of the best.
Butterfly Tania

JS said...

I am an avid distance runner that has been injured multiple times and pregnant twice. I've never had an operation like yours, but in my opinion - you should take the 2 weeks off as told (completely - just like post-delivery) and then gradually resume normal activity. With running especially, you don't want to go out after two weeks off and try to resume the exact same mileage and workouts your were doing pre-surgery. If you have access to a deep water pool, the best workout to maintain your running fitness (because I would lay off until you don't have any pain in "your girls"), is Aqua Jogging. You can buy a buoyancy belt at a Sporting Goods store (or even Bed, Bath and Beyond carries them). Then you run in the deep end of the pool with the belt on (so your feet should not touch the bottom). The rule of thumb is to Aqua Jog as many minutes as you would on a typical run-outsied day. For workouts, you would "run" hard for the specified time (i.e. a 400m hard interval would equate to 1:30 - 2 minutes for most people) and then the recovery would be half the time in the water as it is on land (i.e. a 200m "off" would take most people 1-1:30 min, so recover for 30-45 seconds) and do a specified number of intervals. You need to pay attention to your form (think of your feet and how they would look running on land - try to replicate this in the water).

I was able to use Aqua Jogging to keep up running fitness to run a decent marathon. I also used it during training at University of Maryland where I had to run an outdoor 5k weeks after an injury. I was able to rehabilitate and keep up my fitness in the pool - without running on land at all.

You'll see that the resistance of the water actually gives you a great upper body workout too.

Good luck and welcome back :)

Jackie Schmoll
www.getmovingfitness.weebly.com

JS said...

I am an avid distance runner that has been injured multiple times and pregnant twice. I've never had an operation like yours, but in my opinion - you should take the 2 weeks off as told (completely - just like post-delivery) and then gradually resume normal activity. With running especially, you don't want to go out after two weeks off and try to resume the exact same mileage and workouts your were doing pre-surgery. If you have access to a deep water pool, the best workout to maintain your running fitness (because I would lay off until you don't have any pain in "your girls"), is Aqua Jogging. You can buy a buoyancy belt at a Sporting Goods store (or even Bed, Bath and Beyond carries them). Then you run in the deep end of the pool with the belt on (so your feet should not touch the bottom). The rule of thumb is to Aqua Jog as many minutes as you would on a typical run-outsied day. For workouts, you would "run" hard for the specified time (i.e. a 400m hard interval would equate to 1:30 - 2 minutes for most people) and then the recovery would be half the time in the water as it is on land (i.e. a 200m "off" would take most people 1-1:30 min, so recover for 30-45 seconds) and do a specified number of intervals. You need to pay attention to your form (think of your feet and how they would look running on land - try to replicate this in the water).

I was able to use Aqua Jogging to keep up running fitness to run a decent marathon. I also used it during training at University of Maryland where I had to run an outdoor 5k weeks after an injury. I was able to rehabilitate and keep up my fitness in the pool - without running on land at all.

You'll see that the resistance of the water actually gives you a great upper body workout too.

Good luck and welcome back :)

Jackie Schmoll
www.getmovingfitness.weebly.com

Cmist said...

Hmmm, I have no experience with surgery/injury to the girls, but have an idea regarding healing in general....I am a big fan of naturopathy, and Arnica comes to mind for this type of situation. I used it (oral pellets) following dental surgery as well as childbirth. It reduces inflammation and speeds soft tissue healing. A second idea is Caldendula (marigold). It is found in many natural products for skin, cuts, etc. You can take it orally as well, though my experience with this was as a topical application of the pure tincture, following childbirth. It hastens the swelling and healing of sutures....and that's all I'm going to say about that right now, as this is a public forum!
;)

M said...

I'm a treadmill gal, so I had to wait three weeks and wear 2 sports bras. It still hurt too bad so I hit a higher incline and walked super fast for until I felt no pain or discomfort. Trust me, you don't want a redo like I had to have! :(

HappyMommy02 said...

Hi Tosca-
I agree with the prev posts about listening to dr's orders. I just wanted to recommend the sports bra that I'm loving, 3months post op. It's the UnderArmour front zip (criss cross in the back). It is awesome. They don't move :) I tried a Lululemon brand, but found the UA was best. Happy Healing to you!

THE JOE BYH2O FAMILY said...

This is all very good info from all of you since I am having mine done in one week!! The doc also told me I could start running with a good sports bra after 2 weeks, and do some light weight training, but to hold off on the chest exercises for at least a month and then to ease into it. I am sure I wont be able to run as fast after 2 weeks, I was planning on easing back into running and maybe do some spinning and the stairclimber at the gym.

Anonymous said...

I triple everone's suggestion .. heal first, jog later :-)

Monica
SanDiego

Anonymous said...

I am a triathlete and do Crossfit.
My aumentation was done in Feb. and my dokter told me to spin after 2 weeks and running after 4 weeks and I am glad I followed her advice. You don't want to put any extra stress on your body! Now it's August and I've done already 2 triathlons and my goal is full Ironman!
I think it's better to let your body heal, after there is enough time for running again and to go hard!

Anonymous said...

I am a triathlete and do Crossfit.
My aumentation was done in Feb. and my dokter told me to spin after 2 weeks and running after 4 weeks and I am glad I followed her advice. You don't want to put any extra stress on your body! Now it's August and I've done already 2 triathlons and my goal is full Ironman!
I think it's better to let your body heal, after there is enough time for running again and to go hard!