I need some encouragement or I'm in danger of quitting my C25K program. I was at Week 5 and SLOWLY getting through the running segments. Six days ago I had carpal tunnel surgery with general anesthetic and my efforts to get through Week 6 have been pretty frustrating. I find that I don't have the stamina to jog through the running segments and I end up walking. The wrist I had surgery on throbs painfully about halfway through the workout and it seems like my lung capacity has done an about-face and is going downhill.
I don't know whether to go back a couple of Weeks and redo Weeks 5 & 6 or just keep slogging my way through the current workouts, running as best I can and walking when I have to. Anybody got any insight as to why my body has decided to reverse course instead of progressing?
Go back a couple weeks. The anesthesia takes about a month to get out of your system. Don't give up just ease back into it.
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I wouldn't give up! there was a guy on walk trail close to where I live that had some kind of arm or hand surgery because he ran with his arm in a sling( there was no cast). maybe that is something you could look into doing so it won't throb while you run.
I agree with Jomarie. The anesthesia can wreak havoc on the body. Also, your body probably went into shock mode for the few days because of the trauma done. It's actually not surprising to now be feeling worse. My mom had her hip replaced last year-- for the first three days she felt GREAT. Day 4 hit and she was pretty miserable. Give your body time to heal- it's been through an ordeal, you're not regressing.
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+1 on the previous posts. It takes time to get over the anesthesia, and it will probably be a few weeks before your arm stops throbbing. Do what you can, but don't be surprised if it stays hard for a while. You may be better off doing something like elliptical or stationary bike for a couple weeks, if you have those available.
I had a kidney infection once that required placing a stent between the kidney and the bladder, under general anesthesia. (No cutting, I'll leave the insertion to your imagination.) A couple weeks later, with the stent still in, "can I run, doc?" "Sure." Ha, ha, WRONG! I was good for about 1/2 mile at a time, when I was routinely running 30 miles a week or more. It took a while to get it back.
Thank you all for your encouragement. Just so hard to keep in mind that a 45 minute surgery will cause such an upheaval in my running! I run with a brace on the wrist but it doesn't seem to help the throbbing much. I'm supplementing the running with 3 days of elliptical but I don't want to forsake the running since I have a 5K run on April 3rd. I'll plug along with C25K and walk when I need to and try not to get frustrated by the lack of progress.
I totally agree with all the other posts. Allow yourself time to get back into it. And I think going back a week or two (or more if that's what feels more comfortable) would be a good idea. As would the suggestion of trying some other exercise for a week or two while your arm recovers a little before getting back into it. From everything I hear, being a runner is as much about mental strength as it is physical, so try to stay positive and refuse to give up. But also listen to what your body is telling you and allow yourself some tim to get back into it A good balance of the two should get you through and still running on the other side of this little obstacle
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