I apologize for not updating the readers of this blog (all three of you) with details of my surgical recovery. The fact is it has been a rather uneventful recovery so far.
I had my first post-surgical follow-up with Dr. Pierce last Monday. All is well he says. He gave me the go ahead to start running, but after a very informative conversation with Kristin Nicoline-Lemkuhle regarding her sports hernia surgeries, it seems wise to wait a couple more weeks. There is no rush to get back to running/racing seriously at this point so why take any chances.
I have been running alternate days in the pool at LTF for the past week. Two-plus weeks of almost complete inactivity must have take its toll because I was actually a little sore after Monday's bout. I'm surprised at how much of a "core" workout running in the pool is. Its a nice side benefit to getting the aerobic work in.
I'm not completely pain free yet. I'm still pretty tender in the surgical area, but I'm able to walk with a normal gait. I wouldn't even describe what I'm feeling as pain necessarily - more like extreme tightness. I've been pretty diligent about stretching my groin/hip area, but I could be doing more.
Three weeks in and it appears I'm right where I should be.
Good luck to all the Minnesota and Minnesota-related runners at this weekend's Olympic Marathon Trials - that would be Pete, Jason, Chris, Mike, Matt, Ryan, Chad, and Zach. That would be a nice list to be on, but que sera, sera.