Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm Jogging!

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 10:54 AM, MDT
IT happened! I began running, well actually jogging just as I begin week 10 of my recovery! It happened pretty much as Dr. Smolen had predicted. I stepped outside to go for a walk and decided at that moment that my body was ready for me to at least try running a few steps to see how my incision felt. Much to my surprise, I had no discomfort! So, I jogged but mostly walked for two miles at 12:30/miles. Just a touch faster than the 15:00/mile I've been doing on the treadmill but it's a start. It felt so invigorating to begin moving my body and sweat and feel the strong beating of my heart! What a world of difference post-bypass. I don't have that incredible heaviness in my chest, and I can actually take in deep breaths and expand my chest. It's such a stimulating and healthy sensation! I'm having some residual effects of my incision in the hours following but I think that's too be expected. So, my game plan is to wait a day or two until I jog again. I have to say that as I regain my physical and emotional strength, I have a greater appreciation of the work of my entire medical team. I know bypass is a common procedure but having gone through it, I still marvel at the end result especially considering I didn't have any complications. I still think it's a miracle! 

1 comment:

  1. Hurray! I'm so happy for you. I saw the email come through the caringbridge site and told Rob about it right away. I'm going to go tell Dean now too.

    Jan ran the 800 today and got 5th. She's 5th in the nation. Isn't that amazing?