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July 26, 2014

Crawling, Then Strolling Back

by Brendan

For the past week, I’ve been getting better, running-wise, at about 1.5% a day (an obviously arbitrary number).  Logged 17 miles running and walking for the week, 22 miles cycling, and I worked out at the gym twice.  Next week I’ll do 10%-15% more, if all goes well, and add some swimming.  I sure would like to have an endless swimming pool, as pictured below, but I’ll make do with either the regular outdoor pool at my condo complex or the indoor pool at the gym.

Endless Pool -- Not Me Swimming

Endless Pool — Not Me Swimming

A week ago today, I had quite a setback.  I’d been for a 20-minute walk, following my chiropractor’s suggestion that I not run, and felt ok.  When I got to my door, I casually reached down to untie my shoe, and got a spasm in my right hip the like of which I’ve never felt.  It was so painful I was crying, and I felt so disabled I thought I’d have to call an ambulance.  But managed to get inside and back upstairs, where (thankfully) there was a muscle relaxant and a pain pill and an opportunity to lie still — half hour later, I was ok-ish, but the pain lasted the rest of the day.

However,lucky me — a week later, today, just got back from a 27:30 run\walk session, in    which 20 minutes was running (slow running, maybe an 11 or 12-minute mile pace).And then, after showering and a bit of food and a little rest, rode my bike 5 miles to a meeting.  And an hour or so late rode the same distance homeward, to breakfast with 3 friends in the neighborhood.

Getting better — slowly but steadily.  Maybe Monday morning I can get in 4 miles.

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