A Little Late: 4 Weeks After Cabbage!

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Week five is almost over and I’m just now getting to my recap of week number four after my coronary artery bypass graft, also sometimes called “cabbage”!

First off, week four was just downright HOT! I think every day the heat index reached 105 degrees or above. I tried to get out as early as I could but still, by the time I finished the actual temperature was in the 90’s already. I have no idea what the heat index was.

My mornings are going by pretty quickly. By the time I get up, eat some breakfast, get dressed, go walk, cooldown, and shower it’s time for lunch already. I admit my afternoon and evenings are becoming a little harder to keep myself entertained. The afternoons are mostly reading, listening to music, napping (but not much this week), and surfing the net. It’s Ok, but I’m ready for a little more variety. I still have two weeks (as of this writing) before they will let me drive a car. Not that I get out that much anyway but it would be nice to get out a little more.

I’m feeling fine. Getting stronger everyday. I’ve got nerve endings in my upper chest area that are firing off like crazy. Sometimes I can’t stand anything touching my chest so I’m walking around without a shirt on as much as possible. One advantage of being a male I suppose.

I started the week with a fast paced walk of 2.39 miles at a 15:29 per mile pace. Now I have to admit it wasn’t exactly a walk but it wasn’t a run either. I’ve never tried speed walking and I’m pretty sure this wasn’t quite it either. Anyone watching me probably thought I was a dork. It was mostly a running posture but both feet stayed on the ground all the time. I did OK, but I probably won’t do that again. I’ll just wait until I can really run. Anyway, here’s the week’s rundown:

June 17th – Sunday

2.39 miles          36:58          15:29 pace

June 18th – Monday

4.12 miles       1:19:34          19:16 pace

June 19th – Tuesday

4.51 miles       1:24:03          18:38 pace

June 20th – Wednesday

4.52 miles       1:24:34          18:42 pace

June 21st – Thursday

4.87 miles       1:23:20          17:05 pace

June 15th – Friday

Rest Day

June 16th – Saturday

5.01 miles       1:25:42          17:05 pace

I MADE IT TO FIVE MILES!!! I haven’t had any hard, fast goals since my surgery. I’ve just gone out and taken it day by day. I don’t know about you but I think getting up to five miles of walking in four weeks after bypass surgery is pretty damn good!

Week five after surgery will include Cardio Rehab at University Hospital three days a week so my schedule will be changing. Five miles will most likely be my maximum walking distance for awhile. My plan for now is to just continue on like I am as much as possible. When the day comes I can run, I’ll just add running as a segment of my walk. As my running time increases I’ll probably eventually cut back on my total workout time. That’s my plan for now anyway. Good chance it will change some as I continue to progress. Time will tell.

 

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