Greetings from the end of week 11! I hit the 11 week mark this past Friday, and I’ll say it was a big week! Let’s start with some fun stuff.
The NYC Marathon was last Sunday, and it was kind of crazy to think that it was a year has already gone by since I ran NYC. I had groin pain throughout my training for the marathon, but I didn’t know it was a labral tear – and here we are a year later, still dealing with that issue, but definitely in a much better way. (Of note, I didn’t know I had a tear then…sooo there’s that.) Anyway! I still love the NYC Marathon weekend – one of my favorite weekends in the city. So many people come to visit and run, and there are running events all over the city!
Generation UCAN reached out to me as an NYC blogger to join them for a Facebook live event with Meb! We were able to try Gen UCAN and be in the audience as they talked to Meb about his experiences at the NYC Marathon. We chatted with him before the live event, and then we each got to ask him a question while on air. He spoke about how he has “racing blinders” on while he’s racing NYC (or any marathon), so I asked him if, despite this, he has a favorite borough to run through. He mentioned again about the blinders, but how he’d love to come back and run the marathon once his career is finished (which will be at NYC next year, he announced later) so he can high five and cheer and enjoy the 26.2 mile party that the marathon is. I’m always blown away by how down to earth and humble Meb is, and this meeting further confirmed that.
Thank you to Gen UCAN for having us and for the samples! I know people who have had great success using their products, and I keep saying when I’m healthy again, I want to try them for my training. Hopefully that’s soon!
On Saturday night, we headed over to Abbe and Baker’s for a carb-party (cheering is hard work!) and sign making. It was a lovely evening and helped to kick off the weekend. Marathon morning, I did my PT exercises while watching the marathon coverage – very inspiring, for sure! We then rounded up the cowbells and headed back to the Baker’s for breakfast nachos and Bloody Mary’s and more marathon coverage. When the elites were close, the cheer squad hurried over to 1st Ave to catch them!
Mary Keitany was flying, so we were power walking to catch her – I may have done something that resembles running from 2nd Ave to 1st Ave (oops?), although it wasn’t quite enough to catch her. But we did catch everyone else, and it was such a great time looking for friends and cheering for everyone! We hung there for a bit before heading over to 5th Ave to catch some people a second time. I love cheering, and I can’t say I miss the pain of mile 23 as you come up 5th Ave! It was a great day for the marathon – maybe a little warm for runners, but otherwise amazing. Lots of friends had fantastic races, so of course that’s a plus as well.
I would like to say that my sign was also one of my finest – pretty proud of this one, and the runners seemed to enjoy it too!
My hips did feel a little tired by the end of the day, but I was on my first most of the day, so I can’t say I wouldn’t have been tired anyway! (Not that I ever said that to the marathoners, haha.)
On Monday, it was back to real life and back to the surgeon! I was supposed to have a follow-up appointment at the 8 week mark, but they had to reschedule, and I couldn’t get one until 10.5 weeks. I headed over to HSS and the appointment was quick! I told him I’m feeling good, can do most things except things that involve bending down, and feel like I’m getting better every week. No pain either!
He tested my internal/external rotation, which was pretty good. (I walked a bit on my way there to loosen up a little since I feel stiff in the morning.) He also tested my strength in my legs, which was also very good! The best news is…he said I could start running at 12 weeks if I feel up to! (Or I can wait longer – he said 16 weeks – if I feel more comfortable. But I feel good, so….) He said I could run for one minute, walk for two, etc. I tried to probe further about how to build back up, but basically all I got was “build slowly” haha. I’ve asked around to some hip athroscopy friends, so I’ll go by and by feel. Keep it easy! Cross your fingers.
Otherwise, I got approved to go on the elliptical and swim, which I think I could have done earlier (usually you can do them around 8 weeks), but I didn’t want to do anything without approval. I don’t really like gyms or cardio machines, but I’ve never been more excited to be on an elliptical! I don’t have a gym membership, but there’s a gym at school, so I headed there and it was magical! Magical. I did feel a little twinge in the front of my right thigh, but it went away quickly. I did 30 minutes twice – woohoo! Of course, it’s still pretty boring, so I brought my notes to study. Very effective!
Physical therapy continues! I had PT on Wednesday and Friday, and I told her the good news from the surgeon. The surgeon also asked if I had graduated from PT yet – I guess some people stop at 10 weeks? He said I could stop when I wanted if I feel ready to, but I chatted with my PT about this and we both agreed that I should at least go through when I start running again and maybe a bit longer.
My PT tested my hip strength and said how good it was. (I said it must be all those leg lifts I do, ha.) She also said she’s proud of herself because I’ve done so well (never had a bilateral hip arthroscopy before!), and that I’m a good patient when nurses tend to not be good patients. All good things! Of course the goal is to not need her anymore, so hopefully soon. We upped my exercises to get ready for runners, so now we include:
- Agility moves with the ladder. One is a shuffle and another is a sideways move (not quite like this). I’ll admit it took a couple times to do it right – coordination is not my best quality.
- Single leg squats! These are so hard.
- Bird dog, but I don’t reach underneath to bring my knee and elbow together. Good for ab strength!
Update to old exercises:
- Added a green band to the clamshells! This is what I used before surgery, so that’s pretty cool.
- Use the black band for the contra kicks.
Fun news is that I’ve been really good about stretching my hamstrings, and after I stretch, I can touch my toes! If you’ve ever seen me try, you know that’s a big feat.
I do feel better every day and I’m very hopeful that running again is so close. We’ll see in a few days!