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I see my surgeon to discuss the procedure, health, history when I get back from vacation. I hope to have surgery in early Feb 17.

Anyhow, I am running a half marathon tomorrow and have always been fairly active. I have participated in many sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, savage races, etc. I currently weight 330 lbs at 5'10". Has post surgical nutrition had to change for these races? When can I expect to be able to race again?

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I was a runner until I tore my PCL...it was one of the primary motivations for surgery. However, I was really, really active. I worked with a trainer four tines a week and never missed a day of exercise.

After surgery, I had to take six weeks off. During that time, I was only allowed walking (though at any speed and incline! ). After that, I was able to resume normal activities. It was a bit harder at first, mostly because after six weeks I'd gotten soft, but I was very quickly able to get back to where I was. You will too.

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Good. I am not fast but I am steady and keep on truckin' I finished my half marathon.... I hope to be back to my triathlons next summer if I get Co firmed for surgery in Feb

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I was told not to run for 6 weeks (because of the impact/jolting). At 6 weeks, I could run with no difficulty (in terms of pain/stamina) so could pretty much go straight back to what I was doing before surgery (but I wasn't doing long sessions at that time).

Prior to 6 weeks, I took it easy and followed the advice that I was given about when I could start doing stuff.

I can't comment on the longer runs and other stuff other than to say that I still can't eat and drink together at 6 months post op (and have been advised not to in the long term) so you need to plan what you need (liquid vs nutrition/calories) with the priority on liquid. If you need significant quantities of both then you may need to use supplement drinks otherwise you will have to compromise on one or other of your needs.

Hope all goes well for you.

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I am still pre-op, and have never been a runner, but I am pretty active. I teach fitness classes five days a week. I brought this up to my surgical team, and they said that I would be cleared by 6 weeks for any and all activity, barring complications. They also said that they would likely be more aggressive with my diet progression and Protein goals.

I know that some of our vets are marathon runners, and they have had some issues getting the appropriate carbs if I remember correctly. Hopefully some of them will come give you some advice.

Does your team have an exercise physiologist with whom you can discuss your concerns?

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Yes. I work half time. Have a huge garden and swim most every day in the summer. These past few weeks have been lazy but I am walking 1/2 mile a day. Even while I am in the hospital.

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