Counting 26 weeks as 6 months, I ventured out onto a soft soccer field at UAH for my first run attempt since last May. I have been very apprehensive, anticipating pain, but it went much better than I had anticipated. After a 1/4 mile walking warmup, I did a mile in 7:56. There was little general soreness while running, but now 15 minutes later, there is no pain at all. While running, the most painful area was my lower abdomen. I've been doing LOTS of core exercises during my recovery, so I'm attributing this to working core muscles in ways they haven't been worked in almost a year. Very relieved and excited!
Next Tuesday will mark 26 weeks since my hip operation. I plan on running that day for the first time since last May. Overall I've missed about 15 months of training, so I'll be way back close to Square One... But, I do thank God that at least I was able to have this surgery and get in a position to resume running and playing basketball, which have been a major portion of my life for the last 30 years.
I'm sure there will will be pain (soreness) and lack of cardio and lung capacity when I start back, so I may not do any races for a while.
I have been very consistent on my cross training, doing 4.9 miles on the Nautilus Stair Master on Sunday, 8 miles on the stationary bike yesterday, 4 miles on the rowing machine today and also lifted weights at lunch today.