No run. Not yet...but I am itching to get out there and go! Another few weeks and hopefully that will be a reality.
The pool has been great - lately the mornings have been quite chilly but the gym has upped the heat to 84 degrees, which makes it pretty easy to slip in. I'm already back up to swimming 100 lengths, which was my minimum before the surgery - except that I'm only doing 40 lengths of backstroke/sidestroke, instead of my usual 60...but who knows, maybe by the end of the week I'll be there. The rest is kickboard, with the other strokes sandwiched in the middle. To be perfectly honest, my ankle does start hurting about midway through my swimming workout, and continues to bother me the rest of the day, so I'll be checking with my doctor later on today (I have another follow up appointment) to see if this is a normal part of the healing.
I also rode my bike last week - pool buddy Nancy wasn't going to be there on Thursday, and since most of what I do right now is kickboard, that can get pretty boring with no one to talk to, so I skipped the pool and went for a bike ride around my neighborhood! It felt good to get on my pretty pink bike - I added some air to her tires and off I went. (I will not mention listening to the torturous cries of one very sad dog who got left behind...but I couldn't chance having to make a quick stop because of him - my goal is to not move backward with this recovery)
After the first couple of tentative pedal rotations, my ankle settled in nicely and I was only bothered a couple of times when I went over a rough bump - but all in all, it was a great way to stretch out my leg muscles. I rode for about 25 minutes - my bike odometer said I covered 4.3 miles. I felt great but decided to stop, going along with my "easing back into exercise" program. Funny thing - I was moving so fast and felt so free while I was riding, but as soon as I got off the bike, I was back to my limping, clompy walk...yep, there's my reality. Oh well. This will all be a thing of the past pretty soon.
It feels good to be moving more. Now, if I could just put on my running shoes (ok, with a matching outfit) and go for a little run, well, that would be amazing.