WRD: Six Weeks Post-Op and Getting Back To It

On my last Weekly Run Down, I mentioned that I was going to have surgery and that I would be out of the running for a bit. Now that I’m officially six weeks out, it’s time to get my game on again.

Actually since Week 2 I was allowed to get walking and even allowed to cycle. Walking has always been ok, but biking was a bit challenging. At this stage it’s fine, thank goodness! The first ride, however, was completely upright on the spin bike. Not really the way I want to ride for a half hour (or more).

I’m joining the WRD again because this week was really ramped up as far as moving goes. Officially I can start running and lifting again as of Friday.

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Plan vs. Actual

Monday – 3.25KM walk, GLI gym 1 hr intake – no workout (appt w/different PT), 3.5KM biking
Tuesday – 3KM walk (office day) to and from train station
Wednesday – 3KM walk, W6R1 run, 6KM, GLI 1 hour, gym 55 min
Thursday – 2.22KM walk, gym
Friday – 2.75KM walk, W6R2 run , gym 55 min
Saturday – 2.5KM walk, parkrun in Alkmaar 5KM, 17/17 Dutch parkruns done!
Sunday 2KM walk, long run W6R3, 1.4KM w/u walk, 10KM run (!!!)

Fitness for Week 28

Monday – 4.65KM Lunch walk, 13,094 steps in total
Tuesday – no recorded walk, 3,759 steps in total
Wednesday – no recorded walk, 9,597 steps in total
Thursday – 3,6KM walk, 9,136 steps in total
Friday – 3,75KM Walk, 21KM biking, 10,131 steps in total
Saturday – 45KM biking, no recorded walk, 6,012 steps in total
Sunday – 5.1KM walking, 12,115 steps in total

Total Steps: 63,844 – Goal was around 8K to 9K per day and I averaged 9,120. 17.1KM walking in total recorded.

Total Biking: 66,6KM. Hmmm. If I’d known that I may have gone for another 100m just to not have that number! ha!

Another Rough Work Week

I believe it’s going to stay this way for a while so I just need to find ways to deal with it. Tuesday I couldn’t get away at all for a walk, plus the weather was horrendous and Wednesday I actually had to go into the office for two big meetings (both of which were cancelled!!!!), hence why there were so many steps but no actual recorded walk.

Monday – Managed to get out at lunch. The weather was warm and we wanted different scenery so we walked down to and along the river. Obviously this is before it rose up and over the quay (don’t know if you’ve heard but NL, BE and DE are suffering from horrific flooding – here in NL it’s more to the southeast of us here in Arnhem).

Tuesday – This day was a total wash. Stress from work and rain all day meant pretty much no movement outside except to get to cryotherapy and back.

Wednesday – had to go to the office so the day started pretty early. I got up, got dressed and ready, even did my hair and make-up, went to the office and then both important meetings I was supposed to be at were cancelled. Grrrr. Lot of steps though – I always had way more steps during an office workday than a home workday.

Thursday – There was a slight window of opportunity to get out to the park during lunch so we took it. Felt like 100% humidity and it was raining a tiny bit but, whatever, I HAD to get out.

I am so sick of the grey skies that I photoshopped a blue sky into this photo LOL. (notice I’m wearing long sleeves… ugh)

Friday – day off. Went to cryotherapy and into town to pick up a package. Later in the day I biked over to MLD therapy and then on the way back I biked via a lake recreation area and then home.

Saturday – big biking day. I offered to. help my parkrun friends out in Nijmegen with their test run so I biked there and back. I LOVED this ride, but didn’t get a lot of photos as I was taking it all in.

Here I’m on the Biking Highway between the two cities (called the “snelbinder” )

Here’s a small part of the team in Nijmegen (and one of my new volunteers, in purple. My other volunteer, Paul, took the photo).

If you recall, my only parkrun event in The Netherlands that I have run was the launch event of Nijmegen on 29th of Feb, 2020.

Sunday – We went to the park to meet Dafne (the other Event Director) and Hans (her husband who also got roped into joined the team willingly, just like Ron) so that we could walk the course and figure out where we would need to put up signage and cones and also determine where we would need Marshalls. I don’t think I ever walked that 2.5KM round slower than today, but it was necessary. We needed to figure that out before next Saturday.

Ron then ran the course (2 rounds of 2.5KM to make sure we knew where the finish was) and I hung out in the shade in the Steile Tuin (Steep Garden)


Some of you know from my post Friday that I’m going to do whole body cryotherapy every day for a month. At the time of publishing this post I have done 9 days in a row. Next week I scheduled 2x a day Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of how stressful work has been. I’m hoping that a boost in the morning will help me start my day off in a good way. Wednesday I have to go to the office again so I’ll only make it after work. And Friday they are only open half a day. I’ll stick to one time a day in the weekend as well.

Coming up Next Week

  • Start Couch25K – want to build up slowly and feel this is the safest way to do so
  • RPM 2x
  • Try bodypump to see how it goes 1x
  • Sprint 1x
  • and … get some walking in of course
  • Our test run for parkrun is Saturday – whoo hoo!! so I’m preparing for that as well.

That’s a wrap!

How have you been? Getting all your workouts in despite heat, humidity, inclement weather, summer blahs, etc? I’m so sorry I have been out of touch – work has really been killing. I try to keep in touch at least via IG and now that I’m linking up again obviously I am going to make a much better effort.

30 thoughts on “WRD: Six Weeks Post-Op and Getting Back To It

  1. wow it has been 6 weeks already!? Are you happy w the results? That’s great that you are back to biking. i know you enjoy it. I am at the acceptance stage of summer running

    1. Time flies right!? I am happy so far and think that it will be even better in a few months. But, for example, it already feels amazing on the bike, that my stomach is not totally blocking my movement! Now to work on strength and core to see how that goes!

  2. Good to see you back here! Work has been so busy for me too. And we’ve had very hot and humid weather. I hope things settle down for you soon!

    1. Thanks Lisa! seems like a lot of people are busy with work these days! and here of course it’s the “vacation period” – that meme about European Out of Office response is spot on. Try to get ANYTHING accomplished during the summer at work here – almost impossible!

  3. I’m glad your recovery is going well and so excited that your Parkrun is happening!! My son had similar work frustrations this week — going into the office for meetings that got canceled.

    1. Thanks Coco! I think it’s the worst when you go into work specifically for meetings and then they are all cancelled!!

  4. I hope the surgery went well! Glad you’re back. I love that you photoshopped the blue sky, ha!

    I hope work settles down a bit for you. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Jessie! Everything went well and I’m healing fine! Sometimes you need a blue sky, even if it’s fake! ha!

  5. So sorry work has been so stressful. LOL about the photoshopped blue sky! I’ve been having to spend so much time indoors the weather has kind of passed me by. That’s great that you’ll be doing C25K ! I’m sure it may not feel that way but you’ll be runn8ng again before you know it!

    1. Thanks Judy! The work situation is what it is at this moment and I’ve finally accepted that. My vacation hopefully in october or november will be hard earned!! loving c25k so far!

  6. It looks like you are having the crazy weather like us here! So sorry about the work stress–but can I say you look beautiful in the photo above? I think you must be feeling really good about yourself and getting the surgery. Posing in a two piece at the cryotherapy? Amazing.

    1. ugh yes the weather!!! thanks for the compliment! I do feel good about myself, it’s such a change. But I’m just in my underwear at cryotherapy (pulled my cami up). I’ve seen people there in less!!

  7. Has it really been six weeks already? Wow, that really went fast (says the gal who isn’t recovering from surgery LOL). I bet the running will come back easily, once you get more time to focus on it. It’s not like you’re starting from the very beginning ;-) Best of luck <3

    1. crazy fast right??? I think so too for sure. And I’m enjoying the running so far. I mean indeed I’m not really starting at the beginning just using it as a guideline to be honest so I don’t overdo.

  8. I’m really sorry to hear that work has been so stressful :( I do hope that things get better for you soon.
    That’s great that you’re able to go to cryotherapy often. I’ve only gone once but I really enjoyed it and I felt so relaxed after.

    1. Thanks Kim. I mean we all have the stress sometimes right? I do enjoy the cryo as well. Weird to say, but true!

    1. Thanks Michelle! Luckily there is always light at the end of every work stress tunnel.

  9. Wait, that was six weeks??? That sure went fast! Would love to know how the surgery went, and how you’re liking the cryotherapy. Obviously you’re liking it enough to go every day and sometimes twice! Very excited for you to start running again- I hope everything goes well. Welcome back!

    1. yes, crazy how fast time goes by sometimes! to be honest I’m pleased in general at just how smooth everything has been. and I do like the cryo for sure, just not sure if it’s an added benefit or not (hard to compare to, well, nothing !) Thank you so much!

  10. I feel you on the grey skies and soupy humidity. It’s soul sucking. Looks like you are doing great and hooray for some bike rides! All the best with the cryotherapy. I’ve never tried it.

  11. Time went by fast as I didn’t realize it was 6 weeks already!! I’ve heard about cryotherapy but have never tried it. How long are you there? Ugh, that is annoying that your meetings were cancelled. Ugh too on work being stressful. I get it. Hang in there!!

    1. really fast! and for the cryo you are in there only 3 minutes. you can go longer but 5 max. Hopefully the work stress will die down soon… thanks!

  12. It’s great to hear that your healing is going well, but sorry to hear that work is so stressful.

    Too funny that you photoshopped a blue sky into your photo. If only we could do that in real life!

    1. Thank you Debbie! And yeah I gotta get my blue sky from somewhere! ha!

  13. Great to see you back here and hooray for getting back to running. Also lovely parkrun news. We reopen this weekend and I’m marshalling at the little one I helped with a lot in the Before Times (the one my friend Dave shares ED duties on). I’ve worked out I can run there, volunteer then run back or get a lift. Not much running at the moment as we have a heat warning thing in place and it’s too much even early today!

    1. Thanks Liz! And I know you of all my lovely blogging friends understand the excitement the most about parkrun. Hopefully the weather’s calmed down for you all a bit now?

  14. C25k is a great way to get back into running.

    Sorry that your work has been so stressful.

    Hope the cryotherapy does help.

    We’e had so much humidity and rain but luckily I have managed to get in my runs.

    1. I think so too Darlene! it’s a great way to build back up! and the stress will die down at some stage. I’m still managing to get out when it’s not wet but man when it’s raining here it’s crazy.

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