This weekend has made me feel so proud of myself! I completed a 14 miles bike ride on Saturday with my clip in bike pedals, did yard work and I walked/jogged a 5k today!! My muscles around my hip area are a little sore but it feels great to be active again. I have really only been biking for exercise so the squatting doing the yard work and the jogging definitely used some different muscles.
Clip in bike pedals may not sound like a big deal but I did have a little fall on my second attempt at using them at the beginning of the week. I have learned that you really have to think ahead!! We were leaving our subdivision and stopped…well I was still clipped into both pedals and couldn’t get my foot out and I fell over and of course on my left hip(PAO surgery side). I had to laugh as I laid on the ground looking up at my husband who was also laughing and couldn’t believe I had fallen. He doesn’t have clip in pedals on his bike yet but lucky for me I am short so the ground wasn’t very far away. I ended up going for a ride by myself in the business park near our house later in the week and just practiced stopping and unclipping at every corner.
I wore heels to work 3 days this past week…feels great and I am so happy to have some height back!!! I am 5’1″ and learned to be okay with flats about a year ago when my hip pain so bad I could only wear flats. I had given heels a try towards the end of March but it was still a bit too much at that time.
The last pain that I have really had was towards the end of March when I did a workout with 10 pound dumbbell weights and then last weekend I helped my husband carry a 90 pound coffee table from our garbage into the house. So I am still finding that holding or carrying heavy things still seems to bother my hip. At the end of March after I did the workout with the weights I hurt for about 5 days and had the sharp “butt” bone pain occasionally. I did have to take Aleve for a few days. After carrying the coffee table last weekend I hurt for about 2 days after so at least this time it didn’t last as many days and I didn’t have to take Aleve. I just pushed through it and rode my bike but my hip felt a little achy.
I can finally say that I am glad that I had the surgery. It is great to not be in pain everyday like I was before the surgery. It is just a long recovery and I still don’t feel like I am 100% but I am going to keep pushing everyday. I feel like everything that I do activity or exercise wise for the first time since my surgery I am a little sore and then a few days after it gets better. I know that I still have a lot of work to get my muscles back to normal around the surgery area. I have also continued to do my cross over hip stretch, hamstring stretches and use the small rebounder/trampoline.
I have a post-op on Tuesday, April 29th and I am planning on asking about the pain I have had over the past month that I have pin pointed to be related to carrying something heavy.
I am still not sure if I am going to make running part of my daily activity again since I know that my doctor doesn’t recommend it but it felt to get out there today and participate in the 5k 🙂 My last 5k that I ran before my surgery was in November 2012 and I ran it in 25:51. Today I walked/jogged the 5k in 45 minutes. I was presented with a medal for my efforts since as we didn’t think that I would ever be out there attempting to even jog but I completed the race.