I had hernia surgery. Now I have two layers of kevlar keeping my innards in!
This is a classic 'listen to your body' moment. in my case, I was given a medicine to keep my blood pressure under control, apparently because there is a chance of heart attack after a surgery.
At the time of the surgery, i was training for a spring marathon. About 2 weeks after the surgery, I tried to run again, but had no wind. After 2 weeks of not being able to go more than 1 mile without dying, I found out that it was the bp med that was keeping my heart going at 70 bpm, even though the rest of my body was screaming for oxygen.
After the perscription ran out, I was quickly up to pre injury distances, but I lost close to 2 months training.
Depending on the exact nature of your surgery and the meds you are on (to keep you alive, so follow the doctor's orders!) You may not be able to get back into training. Some marathons allow you to defer entry for a year. If chicago lets you do that, go ahead. As for this year, you may still be able to get in enough training to finish the marathon, but you might not get a pr. If that is what you are looking for, try for the deferment, then shoot for something like huston.
Hope this helps!
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