The weather yesterday turned out to be less nice than predicted, and the roads were still wet after work. Rather than working out at the gym, I decided to see what would happen if I tried to run. I decided that no matter what, if I felt like I was hurting myself in any way, I'd stop immediately. I also refused to take the dogs along. They know when I'm going for a run and they always want to come along. But, if we'd seen a deer or a turkey, I would have been fighting 200+ pounds of strong Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and I was afraid I'd get hurt trying to control them.
My main goal was to see how my stride would be. Would I be close to normal, would the range of motion of the left leg be compromised, etc.?
I ended up doing a total of 2 miles - a mix of walking and running. My stride was definitely not OK and the range of motion in my left leg was not there. So, I took it very easy and just enjoyed being on my feet. The leg felt no worse after the excursion (it's really hard to call it a run), but I immediately iced it anyway. After dinner, I spent some time with the portable e-stim unit as well. Today, everything feels the same - no improvement and no harm done.
But, I'm clearly not ready to run yet. I'm really not close, regretfully. I'm entered in a 50 mile race 17 days from now. If I can run in that race, even if I don't go the whole way, I'll be very, very happy.
Tonight, I'm going to do some indoor spinning and then do some upper body lifting. Tomorrow, I have a chiropractor appointment and a PT appointment. The weather forecast for Saturday has improved and it's possible that I'll be able to do a long bike ride. Otherwise, maybe I'll take Andy's advice and buy a trainer for my road bike.
Oh yeah, I've dropped 5 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I don't know if I'm losing muscle mass because I'm not using it or if I'm losing fat mass. But, it's nice to see the scale heading down right now.