So come to find out I don't have a hernia... I have TWO! One is the umbilical hernia that I knew about, but I also have a ventral hernia that is partially incarcerated. That means that part of my intestines are trapped. So my surgery is scheduled for March 7th, but I'm on a waiting list in case a sooner appointment opens up. I'm also on very strict no running orders from my surgeon so I don't risk completely trapping my intestines and having them get their circulation cut off.
But the good news is that my surgeon also runs, so she totally understands my need to get back to running ASAP. She told me that as soon as I feel up to it, I can start walking, and after about 3 weeks, she's okay if I start light running again. JOY! I may still make San Diego after all!!!
In the meantime, I feel like I'm living vicariously through everyone else's runs... I saw a guy running the other night on my way home from work, and I just about started crying. My legs are itching to run. I feel like I'm going crazy!! So enjoy every good and bad run you have - you never know when you'll be sidelined for a few weeks!!! And run a mile or two for me!