Dec. 29, 2016 10:59 p.m.
It’s been one month since Ryan had his surgery to remove the subungual osteochondroma from his left big toe.
He had his one-month evaluation today with Dr. Tentler.
Tentler is pleased with how the toe looks at this point in the post-operation stage. He took an X-ray of Ryan’s toe. He showed us the before picture with the bone spur connected to the toe and the after. Dr. Tentler also explained that the incision is healing well and the scar is not noticeable.
Ryan’s toe is beginning to look normal and not what it looked like after having the in-grown toenail eradicated back in August.
Ryan was cleared to no longer having to wear the surgical shoe. Dr. Tentler also said Ryan did not have to wear a bandage on the toe.
The big news though is we now have a date of when it appears Ryan can return to running with me. He will have another follow-up on Feb. 2. Likely, Ryan will be able to lace up the shoes and begin running again the following Monday, Feb. 6.
The timing is good because we can use the 500 Festival Indy Miler Series 3-mile race as a measuring stick for the rest of his recovery and return to running. The first race of the Miler Series is Feb. 11.
My running friends keep asking me what the training plan will be for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon.
It’s going to be like this is our first half marathon. Our only goals are to get to the starting line injury free, finish strong and have a lot of fun along the way.
We will run the three pre-races with the Indy Miler Series and then the Mini. Along the way, the goal is to build up the mileage gradually and not have any specific runs until later in the training.
As for a goal race, we will go through these next few months training for the Mini and then evaluate making the Monumental Half Marathon in November that race to possibly break his previous PR in the half.
Speaking of PRs and finishes, I looked over our statistics for 2016. It was an impressive year of running for Ryan. He won his age group in four races and finished second in another. Ryan set PRs in the following distances – 3 mile, 5k, 6 mile, 10K, 10 mile and half.
What was accomplish in 2016 will be tough to beat in 2017, but it’s all about having fun in the first place. If they happen, the placings and PRs will be nice bonuses along the way.