If you are my friend on Daily Mile, or if you are a real life friend that talks to me frequently, you will know that I have not run very much lately. In fact, I have run only 4 miles in two weeks! I have been in sort a slump. I built up to an 18 mile week, and I have done two long runs of 7 miles each, but that is as far as I have gotten.
The main reason I had basically stopped running was because I have had increasing discomfort at my mastectomy site, particularly on the side where the lymph nodes were removed. I could tell that the soreness was increased after running, so I was afraid that maybe I was hurting something. Even though back in May my doctor cleared me for running as much as I wanted to do. Also, I began to dread having to rest for 4-6 weeks after another upcoming surgery, so I just adopted the attitude of why run now, just to have to rest and start over again.
Yesterday I had an appointment with my kind doctor, and he reassured me that all was well. He said that my soreness, aches, and pains were a normal part of the reconstruction process, and for me not to worry. He encouraged me to run as much as I wanted to. To build up as many miles as I could before my next surgery. He is well aware that I have a marathon planned for January, and he is working with me. I still don't have a surgery date, but he said that we would maybe plan it when I go back to see him in six weeks. I am finding out more and more that the type of reconstruction that I am having takes a long time. But that's ok!
So, tonight I am getting back to running! Our whole family, all seven of us, is signed up to run the Nightcrawler 5K. I plan to run with Leah and Sam, but at least I will be running. I also plan to run again tomorrow, and then to have a full week of running 20 miles next week. This race is especially meaningful to me, because it benefits Lids for Lisa and the Women First Resource Center---both of these organizations provide support for breast cancer patients and survivors.