Wednesday, July 8, 2015
4 mile done! it's been 2 weeks since the second cataract surgery (left eye) - the minimum designated "no running" period per my doctor's orders (and that came a week after the initial surgery on my right eye). this has been the longest stretch that I haven't run a step. I seriously cannot remember having not run for a period of 3 weeks. in fact, I doubt that in the last 15 years I've been sidelined for more than a week (if that long) without any running.
I've had some setbacks (hematoma at umstead, anemia the following summer, chronic compartment syndrome a few years back, a nasty scalding of my hand last fall) but quickly bounced back (relatively speaking). even with the chronic compartment syndrome I was able to run a little (e.g. low mileage). this was a totally new - and at times utterly frustrating - experience.
it's a small price to pay, however, for the benefits - better vision! in fact, the best benefit of all is having my "night vision" restored as a result of getting rid of the cataract in my right eye. now I can drive at "night" again - for better or worse!
so it's going to be an interesting next few weeks as I get my running legs back. I've basically power walked over these last weeks to keep up some sort of cardio. but 14 minute miles aren't the same as 8 minute miles (or racing, for that matter). despite the heat and humidity, the 4 miles took me just over 34 minutes (an 8:32 pace). i'm way happy with that!