Will I be able to run again, and how soon?

  • Amy1to3
  • Green Bay, WI
  • 3 years ago

I've found this website so helpful, so I'm hoping for more help. I'm in the "consultation" phase of this process after having gigantic twin boys 11 months ago. I run for sanity, health and recreation. Are any of you runners? How long were you sidelined and how did it feel to run again? Thanks!

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I am 6 weeks post op and ran 3.2 miles yesterday with no problem. It felt great to get back out there! Just listen to your body
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Last January I did a half marathon, now hmmmm...... I am lucky if I run a 1/4 mile, walk, jog 1/2 mile, walk etc.... Am 3 1/2 months post op. I can work out hough, I do p90x and insanity.
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Hi Amy, I was lucky to not be that big to have anything moving around before. But it did feel great to finally run and feel like myself!
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I had an easy paced but great 4 mile run this morning which felt really good. I was more concerned about my Achilles tendinitis (which thankfully is fine) than my tummy.

I'm 9 weeks and 3 days post op. Aside from leaving out major core/ab action, I'm back to my full workouts which for me means sanity!
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That's wonderful :) Is it liberating to run without all that skin blobbing around? My twinskin bounces my pants down!

I bet you looked like a gazelle, in spite of your "easy" pace.
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I'm going in the next day 6/1 let's keep in touch. I have to put my son to bed but will email later.
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I'm a go! New boobs and a new belly on 5/31 (0830...first surgery of the day after a long weekend. Hopefully my doc is well rested!)

Since scheduling this surgery I've heard many, many glowing reviews of this surgeon and one not so glowing. On the whole, he has a great reputation!

I'll post some pics after the procedure and update on my progress! I'm so excited!!!
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Congrats!! I have my surgery on the 29th! tt/ba
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Had to change my date to 5/31 so we will be in on the same day. I go in at 7:30. TT -BR&Lift lipo flanks and bra strap line. Long day. I'm staying over night in the hospital..You?
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Nope, outpatient. I'll go home that afternoon. I live about 5 miles from the hospital and my husband is a paramedic, so I'll be in good hands :)
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Thanks to all the ladies for their feedback. It really does help to hear how other runners feel trying to get back to their workouts post op. I'm going to try Trish's method of running about 1/4 and then continue power walking then run again. Sounds like a great way to get started & to build strength. I'm back to my weight lifting, just nothing over my head and no serious core/ab work yet. Wishing everyone a speedy recovery!!
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Thanks Gracy and Barbie892 for the guidelines on what you are doing at which week in the stage. I have my 6 week appointment next week and am hoping for a go ahead to start working out again.
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Ladies,
I am a runner, I did a half marathon last Jan. I'm 8 wks post op and have been running about a 1/4 mile the walk then run etc.... it is hard for me. I feel like a brick in my belly. I am able to strength train witout feeling uncomfortable. I love to run and will keep trying. Wish you all the best.
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Hi trishavan! I had my TT on 2/8/11 and i too feel a brick in my belly...is yours getting any better...do you know if its gonna go away? i was kinda hoping for a six pack not this kind of hard belly!!
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San Fran, I agree with Gracey. That's a tough call. Not sure I'd want to log that many miles and I'm at 8 weeks. Definitely check with your PS.
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Wow San Fran! Tough call! This is a question that only your doctor can answer. I am 10 weeks PO and still am swelling so much when I run 4 miles. I just have no idea if your body will be ready to handle that.
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So you are about a year out post op right Gracey? Do you feel your running is stronger now than before surgery because the abs have been repaired? I'd like to know how running is different for you now than before surgery. I am one month postoperative and dying to run!! Definately not ready yet.
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Do you think I could do a 2 day walk 26 miles first day 13 miles second day being 8 weeks out of PO? I don't have to go fast just long time on my feet. do you think I will swell too much?
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Maybe u won't have to wait as long as I did. Check with your PS. Let me know. ; )
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Hi Barbie & Ladies- I had run my first 2 half marathons immediately before my TT surgery (12/13), so I wanted very much to not lose all my conditioning. Well my PS said I could not run even one step for six weeks Post op. She did allow me to walk on my treadmill at 2.0 miles per hour (slow!!) starting the second week. I was only allowed to walk one mile. Now I am 10 weeks PO and am back to running 4 miles, 3x a week. I will begin to train for a race next week. It has been hard to follow Dr orders but I have done it. I wish you all the best.
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Did you have muscle repair/tightening? My doc said this is what would lay me up, but fortunately I don't need it (no diastasis...amazing after a twin pregnancy!) so I'm hoping for more like 4 - 6 weeks vs. 10 :)
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I did have the muscle repair and I know that is a big part of the recovery. I am not sure how that will change your recovery time. It IS amazing that you don't need muscle repair after a twin pregnancy. I was able to start running at 6 weeks and began by run/walking. I did about 2 miles, so probably ran close to one.
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Thanks for the insight Gracey! I will use your guideline.
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Thanks for the feedback, ladies! I'm not a speed demon by any means, but I do love to hit the trails near my house in the summertime. My surgery date is tentatively scheduled for 5/31 pending my husband's final approval for his time off work. I'm going to do a half in October (one I do every year) and my PS said that I'd be ready to do that for sure, that by July "light" training would likely be fine. I just wanted to get a feel for what people have noticed post-op :)
Thanks again, and I'll keep you posted!
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I am 4 weeks now and definitely not ready to run yet, although my surgeon said it was ok to do so lightly. I do a lot of walking though. But I find if I try to increase the speed, my insides really tighten up. I've also gone back to yoga this week, which is really helping to stretch out and make my back feel better (I think my back got the worst from this operation!). And I'll do some light weights later this week too. I don't want to rush anything and set myself back.
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