Last week I told you that running after hysterectomy is possible. It takes time, patience, and a great deal of healing, but you can do it! However, it cannot be emphasized enough that you need to give yourself proper time to heal, and you need to start slowly.
Surgery Date – 2 Weeks Post-Op: Rest. Follow doctor’s orders. Walk around the house.
Weeks 2-6: Slowly increase the amount you’re walking. Build up to gentle, slow walks in the neighborhood. If you experience pain, reduce activity level.
Week 7+ (with doctor’s OK): You can start incorporating brisk walking into your routine. Start slowly, build up, and then do 20-30 second bursts of brisk walking followed by slow walking. After a few weeks you can SLOWLY start incorporating jogging into the routine. Start with walking, increase to brisk walking, then do bursts of jogging, 20-30 seconds at at time, followed by a couple minutes of walking again. Do this on alternate days, with regular walking on the off day. If you begin to experience pain, cramping, or sharpness, this means your body is not ready for this level of activity. Reduce activity levels, rest, and try again when you feel better.
From here on out it’s all about your body; there is no set amount of time it takes to introduce running into the routine. You will need to listen to your body and build up slowly. Remember that you went through a pretty big surgery– recovery times are different for everyone. It’s better to increase activity at a snail’s pace than push yourself too hard and risk injuring something inside. Consider using a checkpoint system instead of time table. Check out this article by Runner’s World. If you follow the checkpoints, listen to your body, and take the time needed to heal, you’ll be back up and running before you know it.
Source: Hadfield, Jenny. “Can I Run Post Hysterectomy?” March 27, 2008. https://www.runnersworld.com/ask-coach-jenny/can-i-run-post-hysterectomy