so, this afternoon I shall indulge myself with a gentle 5 mile run down my favourite paths, trying to savour every minute as on Tuesday I am due to have keyhole surgery to have my gallbladder out. I'm 53 years old, just over 10stone, 5'5', size 10/12 and run at least 4 times a week. I also swim once a week, have a eliptical cross trainer at home for the days I don't get out and also so a sort of home grown pilates/weights workout twice a week. As you can tell exercise is a big part of my life. My husband has MS and I find running a huge mental relief from day to day life. I also enjoy racing from time to time (last race the great south run). I am dreading the op, and dreading the recovery even more. I am intending to start walking (outside walks I mean) as soon as I can - hopefully within a few days and then walk/running as soon as I feel up to it. What experience have other people had of this? I'd love to hear from you or just general chit chat whilst I am recovering to keep me sane!!