Wow it has been a long time since I have been here. On August 8th I had neck surgery. They took the disk out of my neck in the C5/6 and C6/7 gaps. Disks were replaced with donor bones from cadavers and then titanium plates and screws were out in my neck to hold it all together. Surgery went well and I was home the next day. Pain was not that bad except when i had to get up and down from the recliner. I spent most of the first two weeks (including sleeping) in a recliner. Every day got better and better for me. And as a result of the surgery the pain down my left arm and numbness in my left hand is gone. It is amazing how cool it is to use both arms after 3 years of not really being able to.
For disability I got two weeks off work completely and then another 10 weeks of part time work. Two days in the office and the rest from home for a total of about 25-30 hours a week. This was great and I am ready to retire anytime someone wants to give me a bunch of money.
At my 13 week appointment I was cleared to exercise. Until then I had been allowed to walk but walking is too boring to me and I could never do more than 25 minutes. The night before this appointment I went out and bought new runnign shoes and the afternoon of the appointment I went to the gym and ran. I am being careful and taking my return as slowly as possible. Sunday I ran 3.5 miles in 33 minutes or so. Most days I do a semi Galloway type training by doing a minute of walking every 7 minutes.
Still it feels great to be able to break a sweat again and get out there and do something. As my workouts progress I will start to post more often and hopefully things continue on the right track. I do have a goal race in mind but will wait a bit before telling anyone. I know I am almost 50 and need to be careful and listen to my body. Unfortunately I have the mind of an 11 year old so it is difficult.
Hope everyone here has been running and racing well and I hope to be back here more often.
I wish you all the best Kevin in your recovery. Whether it's running, fitness, or general comfort, this is a big step. You have a great attitude, which will serve you well. And whatever therapy they give you, make sure you do it all. Thanks for posting and letting us know how you are doing. Spareribs
.....WELCOME BACK Sheak//........you are one tough runner....
........go easy, and enjoy EVERY minute of it........
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I am running OK with no issues at all. Training for the Baltimore Half Marathon in October and doing about 25-30 miles per week. No numbmess anywhere.
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