(I know, I got tagged, but I'll have to wait until I have a bit more time and a less pressing announcement :) )
So, I went to the gym today with every intention of just doing weights, keeping that self imposed break, and hoping that it was doing something.
that lasted about 15 minutes. I tried weight machines and got bored, fast! Then I got on the stairmaster, which seemed to be the one machine that didn't really bug my leg way back when I was trying to recover from Firetrails the first time. I lasted one minute.
Then I figured that, really, this probably would bother my leg as much as going outside. And it was gorgeous out there! Clear day with ocean views.
So out I went. I alternated with running and walking laps, stopping to stretch about every 1/2 mile or so, taking it easy. All told, I ran 2 1/2 miles and walked 1 1/2. And it was glorious. I felt like myself again. There was also a wonderful scene that I saw on my last lap that made me really smile. Now, since this is UCSC, even though I'm going around the track, I'm not that far from nature. So, as I'm walking along, two small deer come running out on the hill above the track. They came out and crossed the pathway, and then looked around and suddenly realized "hey, there are these people things, everywhere!!!" I could see them look a little nervous, planning some kind of escape route. One, more nervous than the other, saw a break in the flow of people traffic on the pathway and just bounded away, quick as a flash. The other deer was looking the other way, and suddently seemed to realize that his friend was gone. He looked up, and saw a similar gap and "bound!" away he went too. Watching small deer bounding is really amazing :)
My leg didn't really bug me much during the run, though now, lying on my bed, its murmuring to me a little, but only a little. It does seem that lying down exacerbates it. Hmm...
In other good news, I made an appointment with a doctor up here to get my leg checked out so that hopefully I can get the northern california PT train moving. It's next tuesday, so hopefully it won't be long. I'm also going to be better about asking good questions (like, will running make my leg worse?) I'm hoping that things will be moving along again.
How nice to post about running again for once :D