Good morning, friends! It’s been such a beautiful week here in Philly. I can’t believe it’s August. The weather has been absolute perfection — warm but not hot, sunny, low humidity. It’s awesome.
This is a picture I captured sitting on my front porch one evening this week while my husband and daughter were throwing a frisbee. I mean. Look at that sky!
So I’m back to running. I cannot EVEN believe I’m saying that. I really thought I was going to have to give it up for good, and I had actually reached the point where I was finally okay with that. I credit my new doctor. He pretty much ordered me to get back out there.
There are no words that adequately describe the joy I get from running, and I’m so grateful for another chance. I hope this isn’t some cruel tease, but I really do feel like I might be able to sustain it if I’m careful. I’ve been following a recovery training plan, and I’m still going to PT a couple times a week. I swear, I feel like PT is a permanent part of my life. (Of course, it has been for the past 2 years!) This new physical therapist does a lot of manipulation and hands-on therapy, and he’s working hard on increasing my joint mobility along with hip and core strength, which he says is key if I want to keep running. I feel like we’re definitely getting somewhere.
I’m up to running 7 minutes and walking 2. I alternate that 3 times, with a 5-minute walk on either end. It feels AMAZING! I’m also using my FitBit again and trying to get 10,000 steps in every day. I’m not quite there yet, but close, and I haven’t had any significant set-backs this time, so I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that I’ll make a full recovery. I will probably have to baby my feet as long as I insist on running, but that’s okay. Most runners have to baby something, I suppose.
I know that I may not be able to keep it up forever, but as long as I can, I will. I’m content with not running super long distances. I just want to be able to get out there 4 or 5 times a week and run 3 to 5 miles at a time. Six miles is probably tops for me. Anything over that got pretty tough, and I didn’t really enjoy those long runs anyway. I don’t care if I never run another half marathon. It was rewarding, and I’m glad I did it, but I think it’s a one and done.
I DO want to get back to the 5K community races, though. I loved the energy and camaraderie, and I’ve missed them. As soon as I can run 3 miles without walking, I’m going to sign up for one. Maybe a Turkey Trot? I love a good Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. LOL!!!
Okay, enough on that. But can you tell that I’m excited!?!
In other news, our school district starts back on Monday. I always have such mixed feelings about that. The kids are bored, and I’m stressed that they’re watching too much TV and YouTube, so I’ll be glad to get back to a routine and have them learning and doing rather than watching and consuming.
I do love summer, and I’m not ready for it to end. So yeah. I’m mixed. read more >>