December 10, 2011

First post-op run

Last night was a lot of fun! Renee, Jessica, and Alicia came over to watch Hood to Coast, and we opened a few bottles of wine. Renee brought hummus and veggies, Alicia brought crackers and smoked cheese with almonds and cranberries, and Jessica brought dark chocolate bark with walnuts and dried cherries. Everything was delicious!  I had about 2 1/2 glasses of wine and probably too much chocolate ;)  It was totally worth it!

This morning, I caught up on e-mail and then was reading my book when I really had the urge to go for a run. I couldn't leave the kids to run outside, so I had to do it on the dreadmill. I'll be four weeks post-op on Monday (I can't believe it's been that long already!) and I figured I'd try and do three miles.  I sent the incline at 1% and started out at an 11:00/mi pace, but quickly went up to a 10:00/mi pace because I was feeling fine.

Then I started to feel the burning in the back of my throat. I haven't felt that since I was a beginner! It's the feeling of being out of shape and winded. I was so irritated at myself, but I was determined to keep going. Then I thought about it, and realized I really shouldn't be mad at myself. I was only 3 weeks and 5 days post-body lift surgery, and I was expecting to run three miles right off the bat!  So I finished a mile and called it quits. I'll see how I feel tomorrow, and I might run again on Monday if I feel okay. I'll try and do a mile and a half next time.

When I stopped, I was SO out of breath, and I am not used to that. Even when I would run 8-10 miles, I could catch my breath pretty quickly afterward. I decided to take a short video clip of myself after the run, and I'll compare it next time I run to hopefully see an improvement. I'm not exactly a pretty sight straight off the dreadmill, but here is the clip:

I was kind of dreading my first run, so I'm glad to be done with it now. I'm going to do minimal running at least until Jan. 1st, but I'm glad to know that I can at least still run. I was worried that my legs wouldn't work anymore or something!

Jerry and I took the boys to the skating rink again. We had coupons for free admission that expire tomorrow, so we wanted to use them. It turned out to be a waste of time. Noah said his leg hurt as soon as we got there, so he didn't want to skate. Then Eli was mad about something (no idea what) and he refused to skate. We told the kids that we were leaving.

We were the only people in the entire place, and I think the employees thought we were leaving because the kids were bored because no other kids were there, so they gave us more free passes as we were leaving. I ended up booking Eli's birthday party there for Jan. 14th. My kids have always had their birthday parties at our house, but they went to a party there recently and they really wanted to do the same thing.

Jerry just left for work, so I'm hanging out with the boys tonight. I taught them to play Old Maid and they think that game is hilarious, so we'll probably be playing that all night. And watching Dirty Jobs. ;)


  1. Yay for you running a 10 minute mile! I am impressed! son loves to play Sorry, checkers, uno and I cannot think of more at this moment. He is 4.5, and Sorry and Uno is geared towards older kids but he totally loves it!

  2. woohoo for the first "comment" ;)

  3. Drinking 2 and 1/2 glasses of wine could have something to do with your run outcome as well. I set out for 6 miles this morning and could only manage 3. Obviously I was dehydrated after giving blood! Good for you for trying and letting yourself catch a break!

  4. I am thrilled with 10 minute miles! (And I haven't had major surgery!!!) depressing on my part...I need to push myself more and quit all this seasonal eating!!!

  5. LOVED the video. I felt like I was talking direclty to you. FUN! Glad you could run again. I really think that is an integral part of your maintenance. I used to read about you running 8 and 9 miles and you went so FAST, I knew it had to be burning hundreds and hundreds of calories.

    That chocolate bark looked amazing. I caved and am making these date/coconut balls for our family dinner tonight (that is at MY house--I should be cleaning or preparing, but I'd rather read your blog). I'm going to try not to eat more than two of those date balls, and it's the ONLY holiday baking I'm going to do--I swear!

    I am really convinced that I can do this maintenance thing. I know it's going to be a struggle every minute of my life, but I also know it's something I can control and I WILL DO IT! Thanks for your encouraging words, it means a lot to me.

    You are looking fantastic. I look at those before pictures and can't believe you're the same person. You looked great before, but since the surgery, what an amazing transformation you have undergone. I don't think other people realize how much we have changed and what truly amazing women we are--but I know and I really admire you Katie!!

  6. I'm thinking one mile in 10 minutes ain't too shabby...especially for someone who had her body cut open and stitched back together less than a month ago! You'll be back in shape in no time!

  7. I had this same surgery in Dec 09 and i gained my weight back, well half of the 100 i had lost :( but i found it very weird to start running again due to all the numbness! i am so glad i found your blog you inspire me to get back to postop weight! my dr did say that you can get pregnant and have your stomach go back to being post op again so i have faith! just wanted to say WTG on jumping back on the bandwagon! i wish i would have!


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