I’ve been completely stir crazy for the past month. It was hard enough with the first surgery (which occurred back in August) to be inactive, but since this surgery was so soon after, I feel like I haven’t been able to do anything for about five months. While that isn’t strictly true (I had a couple of jogs in late November or early December), I have really struggled with being sidelined for so long.
I’m in shoes again, the swelling is minor, and the soreness is minimal, so my post-workday destination on Tuesday was set for the YMCA. Dr. Herbst said to start with cycling or the elliptical machine, so I hopped onto a bike. Despite the fact that there was no wind on my cheeks and the scenery never changed, I felt exhilarated. It was marvelous to get my legs moving and my heart pumping again. I had been concerned that having my foot in the pedal straps would put too much pressure on the ball of my foot, but I needn’t have worried. I may have been pushing a little harder with my right foot than my left, but the difference was not significant.
Since a cycling class was starting and my bike was in demand (I hadn’t signed up for the class and it probably would have been too much too soon anyway), I slid off and went to the weight machines. Although I technically could have used this equipment for upper body work while still in the boot (and did one day), the foot swelling had been too tough to deal with until now. After once around on the machines, I had a decision to make: Head for home? Or spend some time on an elliptical machine while I’m here?
I was feeling fantastic, so I looked for an elliptical. The facility was packed, and none was available. I settled for another machine instead, which is a little like a stair stepper crossed with an elliptical. I don’t know what they’re called and they’re not my favorite, but it was a way to keep moving for a little while longer.
The pressure on my foot was a bit much, however, so I made it only about ten minutes.
After about an hour’s workout, I felt better than I think I’ve felt in months.
Invigorated. Energized. Happy.
So I went and did it again on Wednesday and Thursday. And this morning, too. ‘Cause I’m seven weeks post-op now, and I can.