On the mend

About 3 weeks post-op hernia surgery, and I have finally done a few runs. Three weeks off seems like a lifetime for a runner, and sadly since I couldn’t cross train, I’m out of shape. I’m not too worried because I know my body will bounce back fast, but a high school friend did send me some extra motivation. Her 10 year old daughter, Ali, has fallen in love with running, and has been a fan of mine for years. I was psyched to send all their kids spike bags with autographs from Shalane Flanagan and Molly Huddle a few years ago, and provide some encouragement from afar. She certainly has the tenacity to be a great runner as one of her goals is to “beat the boy’s record in the 5k.” She has already beaten her Dad’s. Sorry Adam!

Well, if you zoom in the number 6, you will see that I made her goals for 2016. I’m headed back to North Carolina soon for my Dad’s 70 birthday and plan on meeting Ali for the first time and doing a run with her. I have a feeling this little 10 year old will give me run for my money. I’m still working on my own 2016 goals and trying to decide what direction I want to go. Regardless, I plan on blazing some new trails and races and making great memories along the way. As my UNC Coach Joan Nesbit Mabe recently told me, “Running will continue to give in amazing ways, no matter what stage you are in your life.” This I know is true…


Blake Russell

Runner, Wife and Mom. Enjoying where the running world has taking me and looking forward to the journey.

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6 Responses

  1. Katie says:

    Hi Blake, may I ask why you needed hernia surgery?

    • Absolutely.. Major diastisus recti (spilt abds) after my first child in 2009. Kept having to push my intestines back in 😁

      • Katie says:

        I have that same problem. I thought that might be it, which is why I asked. Did you do any of the programs that are supposed to correct it, or at least make it better? You’re 3 weeks post-op and already running? What was the surgery like?

  2. Katie Salter says:

    It was baby #3 that did it for me. I was told by a PT (a pelvic floor specialist) that I would need surgical repair, but I’ve been afraid to do it. “Baby #3” is 8 years old, so I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I do wonder how it’s impacting my running. I’ve had a lot of hamstring, hip issues over the last two years. Do you feel like it wasn’t that big of a deal (considering that it’s surgery, of course)?

    • To be honest.. I came out of it fine, but was nervous for sure. My space was about 1.5 inches… Not bad, but with the protrusion for the last 6 years, I think I was asking for an issue down the road. - easier to schedule a repair than do an emergency fix 😬

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