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I'm 55 yrs old and had a robotic partial nephrectomy on May 8, 2014.  I found out that I had a mass in my left Kidney as I was training for my first triathlon. It's in late June. I was in fairly good shape going into the operation but I'm concerned that I'm not going to be able to resume training for a while. At one week post op I'm walking 5 miles a day. I tried running a few light strides today but stopped quickly because I could tell my insides couldn't take the jarring. By the way I didn't intend to run any real distance. I only wanted to see what it felt like.  My question to the group is how long do you think it will be before I can run again?

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Advoty,

 

First and foremost you must heal from the surgery.

Walking 5 miles a day 1 week out is pushing it. You will probably feel like running short distances in a few weeks. However I think you are over doing it with a Triatonon less than 2 months after surgery. Heal first and set your sights on something this strenuous at least 6 months out. You will be able to do this, just not now.

 

Icemantoo

aamdsi
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I had mine patial 10 weeks ago.  I have done tri.s (6 a summer) for 8 years and was just planning my summer racing schedule when it all happened.  i have just started training again about 2.5 weeks ago (Just did a brick this morning). 

I have done 2 5ks in the last month but walked both.  My first tri. Is in July and although I know I'll finish, I don't expect to place like years before.  Dr.s told me that I am clear to train, but to take it slow for fear of going backward. Granted I had an open surgery and so will take longer to heal - you are barely a month out.  

Guess if you are cleared to swim, to do that and bike, but plan on walking the end For this one.  Schedule one later this summer so you will have time to heal and work back up to the run.  

My 3 cents worth.  Oh I am 53, if that matters.  

will this be your first?  They are so fun! 8-)

laurie

 

aamdsi
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Let me amend what I just wrote.  I sound too snotty.

please slow down. Although you may feel okay, think of what your insides went through.  That poor kidney needs to heal and the bouncing around it gets running isn't doing it any favors.  As people remind me, we are healing from the insdie out.  

Walking is good for you - but I agree with Iceman, 5 miles a day seems a bit much.  You want to be in this for the long haul and not blow your self out in the first few weeks.

Have your Dr.s cleared you for running?  As said, I had open and was only cleared to run 2 weeks ago.  

Please take it easy...or easier.  If you do do the Tri., don't push it.  Sign up for one later, maybe Aug., that way you will have been able to heal and train.

sorry again about my first post.

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I love Tri's and Duo's, but I personally could imagine doing it two months out from surgery.  My un-professional advice...let the body heal.  Excersize without over doing it, and give your body a chance to heal fully, to prevent complications.  You will be back in the saddle before you know it anyway.  I am 54 and though I havent raced since I was 50 I still love my workouts.  Best of luck.

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That's some sobering advice.  Going into 2014 I had high hopes for a great year of racing. I ran in 20 events last year including 4 marathons with the last one qualifying me to run the 2015 Boston Marathon. So I'm probably in denial. Just have to get used to my new reality this year. 

My my surgeon told me that I'd be ready for exercise 2 weeks post op and that my kidney would get as strong as it was going to get at 2 months. I never really talked to him about running specifically. I'll talk to him about it at my post op follow up in a few weeks. 

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I'm pretty sure the surgeon didn't mean high level training at 2 weeks, or even running for that matter. Remember you have INTERNAL wounds as well as your external ones. I think sometimes it's easy to forget that when you see your external incisions healing up, that you had a vital human organ sliced up. That's a pretty big deal. 

My husband is just getting back into his physical routine 6 months after his surgery. It takes a while to trust your body again.

 

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I'm a physical therapist,certified athletic trainer, retired marathoner, and 3 years post nephrectomy. It's too early. The question is not whether you can get back into shape to compete. The question is "Who do you want to impress?" Is it just to prove to yourself that you can do it? A bit of a superman complex? Denial of cancer? If getting back to that level of conditioning has a high value for you, ask yourself this, "Am I prepared for risking damage to myself which may put me out of commission for another year or so?" Besides the obvious risk of tearing out internal sutures, risking hemmorrage, or developing a hernia, there are bigger issues. All your physiology has been affected. There is renal compromise. Vascular changes. Your renal function needs time to adjust. Nothing about your physiology will be normal for a while. It has been operating at a consistant work load for years and will need an adjustment period. Despite good blood work. Your nervous system will identify that you are no longer the same. Things are different and only time will allow the new you to become the new normal you. You will find that it may well be a year. No one will think less of you if you say, "I'm recovering from kidney cancer surgery and I'll sit this one out." For the record, I was jogging and golfing in a month. But not anything near a high intensity competitive level. Keep the ego in check. Get better. There will be plenty of events down the road.

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No reason to insult me. I merely love competition and can't wait to get back to it. I was simply trying to see if others that were in good shape and that had what I understood was a minimally invasive version of the surgery like me would share their experience. 

With regard to denial of having cancer, I feel blessed that I found my cancer early enough to be able to have surgery that completely removed it. My father died of colon cancer at the age of 55, my current age. That has motivated me to take care of my health and to get regular colonoscopies since I was 35. So no denial here, just been waiting for the bad news that I have cancer for a long time. I just thought it was going to be colon cancer.

I have cancer but that doesn't have to define me. My goal is to get back to normal as soon as I can. If that means pushing it that's what I'm going to do. Of course, that doesn't mean doing something that will hurt me. After all, that will only delay the recovery. My surgeon told me to let pain be the guide. If it hurts don't do it. 

 

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After being on this site for three years, the questions of returning to running, biking, swimming, rowing, weight training, and more are discussed frequently. We've had some pretty hard core people. I was weight training and running 5-6 days a week for years. I'm 62. I 've run up to a thousand miles a year. Now I do less but still exercise and run 2-4 days a week. Texas Wedge was 70. He rowed 10k's like wind sprints. He was a weight lifter, and marathoner. He golfed several times a week in Scotland in temps in the 20's. There have been many like this. I hope you recover as well as you expect. And let pain be your guide. And yes you don't want to delay recovery by hurting yourself.

The misunderstanding is in my experience on this forum. And your lack of experience. Again no insult intended. It is that I shared your enthusiasm as many others have in the period of time from diagnosis to surgery, to recovery. I hope you can just move on with no further issues. It is happening more and more here. Thats good. Best wishes. Sincerely.

But for those that have returned to high activity levels, the general concensus is to take plenty of time. In all retrospect, from people who have already done it, not my opinion only, there is no good to come from training too hard too early. Loosen your goals a little. Because for those like us that rebound well, many people don't for  reasons that weren't apparent in the beginning. The stories here would certainly give you second thoughts if you had participated on this forum for a year or two. That's what I mean by experience. But keep your positive attitude. I'm just saying that 90% of us have learned that what and how we think of cancer at post op recovery is far different than what and how we think of cancer at 6 mos, 12 mos, and from then on. Next year you'll advise people. You'll advise against doing too much too soon. There are other ways to be competitive. Get better first. Train as you tolerate. In a couple years it will not have mattered if you raced this June or this Sept. It will come.

I apologize for my approach.

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No problem. Thanks for the clarification.  I am definitely new to this and have a lot to learn.  

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Each of us comes on this board with their own personal perspective of their surgery as well as what they have absorbed fron the experiences of others. There is no one size fits all. My recovery and experiences are not your recovery and experiences.

This forum allows us to share each of our unique experiences. All of us have had a neph or partial neph.

There are no rules as to who should do what or when. There are no right or wrong answers, This forum allows us to see and absorb the experiences of others. Many find it helpful. Many find they can do more than others. Many feel they can not do what others are doing. Age, physical condition, the type and invasiveness of the surgery all play a role in your recovery as does attitude and determination.

Take everything that is said with a grain of salt before applying it to yor situation.

You asked when you could run agein. You got a lot of answers as to the experiencers and perspedtives of others.

 

Icemantoo

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I had been sitting back on this one.. but..  There are some issues that should be disccused pre-surgery... or just after surgery..  A partail does typically reduce the healing time and also the associated surgery pain.  BUT, a partial still has risk of post surgery issues, most important is the fact that they sewed the on Kidney up.. and it can be an issue that a Radical does not have.  Many partial neph patients here tend to say they feel better than what I take to get from the radical patients.. including myself.  Yet the internal healing may or may not be any faster.. as we all are different.  I can tell you that I did too much after my radical too soon, and have a hernia at the incision site..  I rode my motorcycle, at about 8 weeks, and when I hit a pothole.. I could feel the "rip.."  

We are all trying to be helpful.. keep in mind we have all been there in some form or another.  Just trying to save you more pain down the road...

Good Luck..

Ron

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there is no answer to when, if at all, you will be able to run; surgery and cancer change activities, stamina, life.

today is May 18; you say that 10 days after surgery, you are able to go 5+miles; and, you say you stopped because it didn't feel right. DUH! 

Sarah

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I didn't stop walking. I tried a few light running strides just to see what it felt like. I knew I wasn't going to run for real.  As I said in my original post it was a quick test.  One thing I didn't say in that post was that my tumor was found while I was trying to figure out what I thought was a running related injury.  I had a severe pain in my lower abdomen around my pubic bone. All of the doctors i saw thought it was a muscle strain. But I felt it was something more so I insisted on getting a scan. The CT scan revealed the tumor but the uro-oncologist still thought the pain was unrelated to the kidney issue.  I'd been having the pain for over six months so I don't buy the muscle strain diagnosis. It didn't sound like more than a guess anyway.  My orthopedic thinks it's related to the cancer.  The pain progressed so much that it starts almost immediately when I begin to run. So, out of an extraordinary amount of curiosity about whether I still have the pain (only present when running) I took a few running steps. It was obvious that running a few steps that it wasn't a good idea so I stopped immediately. That led me to the simple question about how long would it be before I could expect to run. Instead I get comments about having a superman complex and statements like "duh" it doesn't feel right. 

 

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Avdoty,

 

There is no simple answer to your simple question as to when you will be able to run. The best answer I can give you is when it feels right to you. It may be a few weeks, a few months or 6 months to a year barring any injury or set back. Do not overdue it in the beginning, that could be counter productive. Absent any set back you will be able to do the Triathanon again, just not right now.

 

Icemantoo

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that now you are telling us more about what you have been through instead of what you want to do. Too big a space between the two... When I developed bone met pain, I was certain that I'd had those pains in the past. It was my mid spine and right hip flexor. I was unable to distinguish these pains as new. People refer to muscle memory in reference to skills. Like golf, etc. The pain response has its own memories. Or more frequently used pathways. We are used to sprains, and strains and contusions, and lacerations. We all know what they feel like. But cancer pain isn't always so focused as the origin of the pain. What does cancer feel like anyway? Cancer pain may not initially open its own pathway. It can use existing pathways. Thus we can misinterpret what we feel. People get anxious with every new ache and pain. Because after a time or two it gets scarey. Keep having it checked until something shows, or it goes away permanantly. I have a question. How about testicular pain? Have you had a vericosity in your scrotum that hurts? There is a relationship in the vascular system that they share and it is often overlooked.

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No testicular pain. But I did develop a pain in my right hip flexor about a year ago. It never stopped me from running though. I started taking a GNC supplement called Triflex which is supposed to be good for your joints and that seemed to take care of it --possibly from a psychological standpoint only. The bone mets thing has me concerned. As I've read more about it, that could be the cause of the pain that originally sent me in search of an answer. Could just be paranoia as well. My surgeon told me in no uncertain terms that there was no metastasis, that he removed all of the cancer cells, and that I was "cured".  I am curious if it is possible to be certain about bone mets without a bone scan. The only scan I've had is a CT. Also, my Kidney tumor was only 2cm and I thought it was very unlikely to have any metastasis with such a small tumor.

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avdoty,

 

Mets are rare in tumors uner 4 cm. If you have mets they usually go to the chest first. I suspect you had a chest xray as part of your workup. There is also about a 2% chance of recurannce in the other kidney. Your scans here on out are to see anything before it becomes a problem.  Your survival rate is very close to 100%. So far I have not seen anyone with bone mets on this board with only a 2 cm tumor.

 

As time goes on make sure they are watching your kidney function as well, Nothing to do with Cancer, but is important to your heart down the road.

 

Icemantoo

 

 

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Good to know that metastasis in tumors less than 4cm is unlikely. I don't recall getting a chest X-ray but I believe my CT scan included the chest because the report said I had a calcified granuloma in one of my lungs. This apparently wasn't a problem. 

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I did my first post op run since my partial neph surgery on May 8. It was short and slow. Probably more of a jog than a run. I didn't have any pain on my left side other than a little tightness.  So that was great news.  The interesting thing was that my right side felt fairly uncomfortable for the duration. It felt like a cramp in the area of my right kidney. Far from the location of the surgery. Has anyone experienced this?  I have a post op follow up with my surgeon tomorrow and will ask him as well. 

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I too have experienced cramp like pains in the contralateral kidney, but only recently started having them, like within the past 3 weeks. My partial nephrectomy was back in February 2014. I'm going in for my first post-op abdominal CT next week, I'm certainly going to ask about it.

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I had to wait 8 weeks before my first SLOW 1 mile jog.  Doesn't it feel great though?

I too felt like I had a "stitch" in/on my left side (had my partial on the right) as well as the incision area feeling kind of "heavy".  I checked with Dr. and they said was fine - but you should check with yours just to make sure.

Just had my 3 month post op check-up the past Tues.  Dr. told me to keep on running 8-)  Neither back up to pace or mileage, but am at least doing it.  First Tri. race in July.  I haven't gone back to lifting yet - for some reason that still freaks me out.

Anyway, just take it slow (as you know). Was assured that I couldn't shake anything loose or bounce anything around. 8-)  And that twinges, puling and such were normal.

Oh, I needed a heating pad on my back right behind my incision the afternoon/evening after the run, not sure why my back was sore - but it was.

So glad to hear another runner back on the road 8-)  Yay to you again. 8-)

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DS -- I'm wondering if the other kidney somehow compensates for the kidney that got operated on and therefore causes it to feel different and possibly cramp up during times of stress like exercise. Please let me know if you find out what it is. 

aamdsi -- I had planned to do a sprint tri at the end of June before the whole cancer thing interrupted my plans.  My run was 3 miles and it literally felt like a half marathon.  Even though my pace was really slow my heart rate got up to the level I usually only do in races or track workouts.  Very discouraging. Although I'm very competitive in running only events my goal for the tri was simply to finish.  However I may end up finding a later event to avoid coming in last place. By the way, I also swam 2000 yds yesterday. Stretching my body out during the swim strokes felt very strange. It didn't hurt but it seemed like I had a rubberband inside me that wouldn't allow me to fully stretch. So swimming was very slow as well. Have you tried swimming yet?  When in July is your event?  

aamdsi
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You had robotic?  I had an open.  Seems that you are able to get going earlier and harder than I was allowed. Good for you 8-)

As said, my left side sometimes seems that way as well.  I am wondering (since I was told all is fine) if "we" are just breathing badly (make sense?).  After a month of running again, my breathing has returned to my normal running rate and the cramping has stopped.  Maybe try pushing back at the spot, and check your breathing? See if that helps?

I am only up to 2.45 miles run, 6+ on bike and 1/2 mile swim.  Have done some bricks as well.  Swimming did feel odd, but good 8-)  Think we are just restretching the skin and muscles. After a couple times swimming I felt normal.  But sometimes after doing laps, the turn (I don't do a flip turn) pulls at the incision and that it "hurts".  Found if I just put compression on it when I turn, it feels better.

Am doing a sprint (.5 swim, 12.5 bike, 5k) mid-July in northern MI.  Am not going to finish last, but not going to place (age group wise) either.  Hey, the fact we are out there doing it at all after all this makes us winners!

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I went to my one month post op follow up on Friday.  Apparently the pain on my right side during running was either referred pain or more likely from the gas that was pumped into me for the surgery.  Your entire abdomen gets inflated with CO2 which causes stretching that can take some time to get back to normal. I ran yesterday and my right side felt marginally better. 

My doctor gave me the schedule for my follow up CT scans. They'll be at 6 months post op and then annually for 5 years after that. I told him that I had heard that every 6 months was the standard protocol.  Not that I want to do more because I hate getting all that radiation and I'm claustrophobic. So my scanxiety will be more about doing the scan instead of anxiety about the results. Doc said that he didn't think it was necessary to go as often because my tumor was caught so early at only 1.7 cm.  It makes sense to me. Should I push for more frequent scans?

aamdsi, I did have a robotic assisted surgery. Also they only took about 10% of my kidney for my partial. So, I think my recovery would naturally be faster than your open procedure. By the way, I don't do flip turns in the pool either.  My turn also feels really weird now.  Hope that gets better soon.  I haven't gotten on a bike yet. I'm paranoid about getting into a crash that somehow affects my internal surgery wounds. I had a crash that scraped me up pretty good right before my surgery.  I got a lot of questions from docs and nurses about what happened when I checked in for my surgery.  And the week before that, I was on a group ride where one of the guys had a massive heart attack after one of the sprint sections. He was revived by CPR and lived but biking seems a little more dangerous to me now.  I'll be rooting for you in July. Be sure to let us know how it goes. 

 

aamdsi
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All went well at the follow up!  And that the future looks bright.

I won't have my first CT unitl a year out - unless I really want it.  But, like you wonder if I should ask for one at 6 months

Goodness I can understand the bike thing!  We call big crashes, "yard sales", and can imagine the damage to you.  Then add the heart attack 8-(  But I have a good feeling you'll take the challenge again soon, and even with a bit more caution, will peddle like the wind 8-)

You still thinking this month for your first?  Where?

 

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Still thinking about it. It's the California International Sprint Triathlon on June 28 in Pleasanton, CA.  It's coming up fast. Before my surgery I would do a 1 mile swim, 13 mike stationary bike ride, and 3 miles on the treadmill once a week in the gym in addition to my other training. I was very ready and was starting to think about training for a half ironman in Santa Cruz in September.  Now I can barely muster up a 3 mile run at a 10 min pace.  In December I did a marathon at a 8:13 pace.  Not sure I could even finish the sprint tri if I did it today. Perhaps I can get a modest amount of cardio fitness over the next couple of weeks. If I think I can finish it I'll do it. 

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My thinking - just make sure you finish the swim 8-). 

Do they have a du option?  Can you transfer the fee (I can with some races) to al later date (given why, they might let you)?  My 

opinion, for what its worth, wait another month.  Then maybe a sprint.  If youndo this one, finish and HURT, you may be put off doing another 8-(.   Put your energy now into healing with your sites on an iron man next year?  Maybe even registar for one?  That would be so cool!  Out of my league, but so cool.  

We have the "gene" to beat this by beating it (and outselves).  So we had surgery, you a month, me 3 months, we can still do everything we did before...but... I have already had to slow down because it hurt.  

Just kind of writing this year off, 2 instead of 6 tri.s and some 5k mixed in.  The on,y thing I am NOT giving up is the extreme ultra x-country relay marathon in Sept. I got clearence for that the day I found out my surgery date.  

But in the meantime, we need to just take it down a bit.  Try a 5k or 2 just to releae a bit of competitive "juice"?  We gotta heal, as boring as that is.

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I'll probably wait till the day before the event before making a final decision but if I was smart I'd follow your recommendation. 

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the enthusiasm for training too hard too soon is under control. With a great prognosis there will be plenty of opportunities for intensive training and racing after you finish recovering. Despite feeling awesome, your bodies still need time for repair and recovery. It is a good time to experiment with differrent cross training techniques. Sometimes I think about racing again as I feel real good. But then my old knees remind me that those days are gone. It allows me to exercise with the only goal of staying fit. I'm able to mix things up and enjoy my exercise for what it is. Having always been competitive it took a little time to readjust my training. I do miss road racing. Then I remember that I'm in my 60's now and I enjoy the memories of the competition. Please don't set yourselves up for a setback. You've got bright futures.

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Oh foxhd you are not too old!  We are all just well seasoned.  Have a feeling you are still a "threat" to younger runners.

avdoty - you are as bad as I am.  8-).   At least you are thinking serioulsy about it.  

Have a great day - now off for my run. 

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Yes Fox is seasoned all right.. with Budweiser..!  Cool

Ron

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I prefer, Brazen Blonde, by Shorts myself (brewed close to hometown helps)

avdoty If you decode to race (Tri.) let me know how you do 8-)

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I have lightly seasoned salt-and-pepper hairs, if any till on.

Going to finish around 30 marathon road runs this year, lost my count or tired of counting them.

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aamdsi, I'll definitely let you know if I do the tri later this month.  I've already paid the money and have some friends doing it as well so I'm probably going to do it.  Definitely won't push it though. Had a good run tonight so maybe the cardio is starting to come back a little.   Hope your running is going well. 

 

jhsu, no way I could do 30+ marathons a year. I checked out your profile and see that you've had metastasis to your lungs.  How much did the lobectomy impact your running? 

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May not sound like it, but up to 3 miles now (slow, but still...)  Thanks!  Hope all goes well for you and if you do do the Tri.

Remember, the MOST important part is ....GETTING OUT OF THE WATER after the swim!

 

jhsu - I've done a few marathons....30?  In a year?  Whoa - you're awesome!

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Neither in a year for me.  
 
I finished my fist full marathon 03/2009, 9 months after Nephrectomy and Thoracotomy. I ran a couple of half marathons before, so it was not too hard for me, then I keep on running and the numbers have been accumulated since.
 
The Lobectomy in 2012 was a big hit to my lung, breathing becomes the bottleneck, I lost my speed and cross the finish line barely before they close the gate. I am more into the ultra marathons nowadays, the longest one I ran was 65Km.
 
I will keep on running if possible while enjoy my longest NED at the moment.
 
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Every time I cross the finish line in a marathon I think that if it was a mile longer I wouldn't have made it. So congrats on doing ultras with less than a full set of lungs. You definitely have my respect.  It's good to hear that you ran a marathon 9 months post surgery. I've been wondering how long I should expect to be able to do it again.  

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But I finally did 3.18 this weekend closs to me old time 8-)  Did a brick this morning (bike/run) and once again my times for both were pretty good.  Am thinking, finally, that I may be able to do the tri. in July justice 8-).

Here's hoping your training is going great as well, avdoty!

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Wow, almost back to your pre op running speed. That's great news.  So, do you feel like you're back?  I still have a long way to go before feeling like that. Sounds like you'll have a great event in July.  

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I am 2 months ahead of you in recovery 8-)  You'll get "here" - sooner than you think. 

I didn't feel like swimming today though, so took dog for a long walk instead ( supposed to be 90 with 90% humidity and he's a BIG black lab).  Run tomorrow though.

jhsu, Marathons and Ultras  - so impressive!  BUT I'll just stick to my little tri.s and my extreme relay ultra marathon in Sept.  (that's a lot of fun!). BUT you folks give me confidence that "we" can all come back from this, and even come back stronger than before.

Enjoy the day!

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Did a sprint tri this morning. Didn't drown in the swim and didn't finish last (303rd out of 477).  Not great but at 7 weeks post op I'll take it.  The swim was a disaster -- all unrelated to my surgery.  Looking forward to doing better next time. 

Laurie -- guess your tri is coming up soon.  Hope your training is coming along. 

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So glad all went well (swimming aside - at least you got out of the water) 8-)

How do you feel today? 

Mine is 2 weeks from today.  Am just aiming to finish though - have another one the end of the month. 

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I feel fine today. No fatigue or soreness from yesterday.  Although my performance wasn't very good it did give me enough confidence to start pushing it some. First on the list is to increase my running distance.  I didn't run the 5K leg of the tri very fast but it was the first time post op that I felt like I could have run further than 3 miles.  

Laurie, any chance you think you'll be ready to compete in any of the races you'll do this year?  At this point it's not clear to me that I will be able to but I do think it is possible. 

 

 

aamdsi
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Today marks 4 months post-op 8-) 

Yes, although I'll be frustrated at not being able to do as well as the years past - I will push myself for this tri.  Am doing another the end of the month and that one I feel I can "go at" (all flat course).  Plus the 5k's in the fall and the relay marathon. 

Also, I am glad to hear you're not sore.  I do get sore now.  After a great long run (3.5) on Sat. followed by gardening then babysitting my granddaughter (and all the tossing and rough-housing that goes with that), the incision site is sore.  But feel that will get better with time too.

So yes, feel that I can compete more and more as time goes by - BUT I am still 2 months farther out from port-op than you, that's got to make a big difference.

Time...guess it all takes time. BLAH! 8-)

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avdoty
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Laurie how'd you do in event this past weekend?  

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