With a new found confidence that nothing was seriously wrong, I decided to run home after work. The run from the Perth CBD to Meltham Station was just over 6km. It would be a good, medium range run and after a pain free stress test what could go wrong?
And, true to form … nothing happened.
Perhaps it really was just heartburn which a few more doses of Gaviscon would fix and it’d be back to the normal life.
Recovery runs are easy workouts that may flush out lactic acid build up, which can help prevent delayed onset of muscle soreness and speed up recovery. Something athletes do after a half marathon or marathon or during training to recover from high intensity sessions like intervals.
My runs at the moment are simply recovering from surgery.
Since The Big Day (17 July, the date of at the triple bypass) I’ve been slowly getting back to normal activity through walking and then stretching to longer walks and then more brisk walks.
At today’s parkrun at Yokine, Western Australia, I got into what I’d call normal running.
I started off walking and then decided to run a light pole, walk a light pole to see how I’d feel.
I certainly didn’t run the whole 5km today but towards the end of the run I felt that my cadence was coming back and the rhythm was feeling like something familiar.
It’s still a bit “jumpy” where the surgeon took the two mammary arteries to use be, but certainly better then last week.
I also felt a tingling in my left thumb where the radial artery was taken from to help with the surgery.
The left arm is healing really nicely too, thanks to John Ranger, the guy who performed the suturing. He’s done an amazing piece of work.
It’s is almost nine weeks since the surgery and in terms of realising how after you’ve progressed, it’s more the things that don’t happen that make you realise its all coming together.
For example, just 3 or 4 weeks ago, my mammary arteries would cause a nerve tingling that was very aggravating. Now that’s completely gone! But you don’t realise it’s gone for a few days, if you know what I mean.
So, the progress is definitely there and just when you think something doesn’t look or feel right, it seems to go away.
I’ve never had heart surgery before (and hopefully never again) so I’m not really sure how this is supposed to go! But, so far so good!