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Despite my size/weight I am very physically active. I go to Crossift 4 x's a week (and have for almost 2 years) and I've ran in several mud run/obstacle course races. I have one scheduled (paid for, no refund) 2w3d after my sleeve surgery. My surgeon said he will most likely release me for exercise at my 2 week check up and he doesn't see why I can't do the race. I'm just curious how most of you were feeling 2 weeks out. I'm wondering if I should just forget the money wasted and get it in my head now that I'm not doing the race.

My husband said he'll walk the course with me and I don't have to do any obstacles, I can walk around them. I have done this race for the last 3 years and I was really looking forward to it, but I don't want to have unrealistic expectations of the recovery process.

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Is it an obstacle course, or just a muddy run? I am a little over two weeks out, and I can walk, but not run. I'm not fully healed yet, and am still pretty sore. I wouldn't want to overdo it, and it up with post surgical complications. Healing and recovery for me was way harder than I expected. I know everyone is different though, so who knows?

I had very unrealistic expectations for my recovery, but realized after a few days that I was going to need a lot more time to heal than I anticipated. I hope you bounce right back and run the race, but it's ok if you need to sit this year out. Best of luck with your surgery!

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I would sit this one out. I would be afraid that I might slip and fall in that mud and cause some damage to my stomach that won't be fully healed for months and months.

Just a suggestion -- but there is plenty enough time for this kind of activity once you are in a better physical condition...

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Walk it. I was pretty tired my first few weeks but still walked 2-3 miles in the morning. Everyone is different though. Don't worry about the money. Health is more important. See how you feel closer to the time and consult the doc before you decide to do it.

Mud runs are fun and there is no shame in a mud walk. Probably get less dirty but still will be fun.

Just my opinion. I'd go with you. :)

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Question, Is the run worth risking your health? If so, than yes. If not, then I'd sit this one out.

I missed out on the opening hockey game this past season because it was 2 days after my surgery. Now, if you know me you'd know that I actually did consider it worth risking my health. lol!

But anyway, I think the point is this - what you had done to your body in order to gain control of your weight was an extreme surgery. You should give your body as much time as it needs to recover and heal so that you can be as successful as possible.

While I'm sure you are in excellent physical shape I think you should allow your body to heal more before testing the limits of your sutures.

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Two weeks post op I would've felt fine to run (if I could, but my ankle doesn't let me). I started back on the elliptical at 2 weeks. However I would not recommend doing the some of the obstacles a mud run usually entails. I would be worried about having my staple line break down.


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Thanks for all of the great replies! To answer the question, it's a combo mud run/obstacle course race. If I walk around the obstacles I shouldn't get muddy at all. I guess I'll just have to wait and see how I feel. I feel like I have an unrealistic expectation of what recovery is going to entail, in that I'm already making plans to meet friends and take my kids to Drs appointments in the days following the surgery. I might be in for a rude awakening!

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If your surgeon clears you to run it, then it's only a matter of how you feel. I felt GREAT post-op and was walking 2+ miles daily by the 2nd day after my surgery. If it hurts or is uncomfortable, don't do it.

My biggest concern would be hydration and nourishment...you won't be able to chug Water so you'll need to drink a very small amount VERY often during the course, and you'll have to figure out how many calories you'll expend so that you can make sure you come out on the plus side calorically for that day. You could get very dehydrated and/or very weak because of the calorie deficit you're going to be in.

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I never could have, but if you have an easy recovery, that's great. I definitely hope for that for you. At 2 weeks my incisions were not closed- running probably would have caused damage or opened them up for infection.


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I definitely could have walk something like that at two weeks out. Just don't push yourself and skip the obstacles.

Have fun! And wishing you a smooth recovery :)

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