Week 1 Run 1 with strange style

Well today,,12 days after breast surgery, I managed to drive into town and bought an extra high impact sports bra in M&S in the hopes that it would holed everything still and enable me to run (before the surgery I had completed week 8 and I'm totally frustrated). Having completed four 5km walks last week, I thought I would start again with week 1.

All I can say is that running with your hand clasped to your chest is not the best style of running, but the only way I could even contemplate 1 minute without being in excruciating pain - this was despite dosing up with paracetamol and ibuprofen 20 mins before setting off. I don't know what the people on the golf course though but I don't really care, as I managed all of the runs, and managed to complete 5k in 37.07 minutes (which is my best time since the op).

I just wondered if anyone else had a similar experience and how they overcame it.


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7 Replies

  • Wow, how brave. And here's me dreading my run tomorrow with a bit of ankle pain. You've just put it all into perspective.

  • Not sure it's brave Gograndad, just fed up being unable to get out and running after having done so well before.

  • I admire your determination and sounds like you are doing incredibly well. Also hope you are giving your body time to recover after major surgery. Cant share a similar experience but hope that if I ever have to that I handle it like you by keeping on going.

  • I had breast surgery many years ago and used an elastic bandage on top of the sportsbra. I couldn't bare the idea of my breasts moving at all😬

    I know how frustrating your situation is, but be careful. If you don't let yourself heal, the scarring is more severe. Be gentle with yourself❤

  • Thanks Iben for the advice. I did ask my consultant on Friday if I could exercise, and although I wasn't, specific the first thing he said was "Yes, you could go running or go to the gym, but no swimming for a couple more weeks." So I thought I should be ok.

    I will definitely be resting today (before the surgery I would go to the gym on my rest days, but too painful today, so just nesting up on the sofa with a cosy blanket and a good book, and making some home made soup and bread for comfort food for tonight. So am doing my best to be careful.

    Scar this time not so bad as when I had a mastectomy in January. This time it is completely out of sight.

  • I'm glad to hear that - both that your consultant has given you the OK to go running, and that you are resting today. 👍 Happy Healing! I hope things are back to normal soon.

  • You sound like a brave and inspirational woman to me. Well done. 😀

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