That's a tough one for me to assess. After all, this was a very strange August, in more ways than one. Here's the report card:
My State of Activity--A+
First of all, there was my state of activity. Although I have been rocking the title of "Runner Sidelined" since June 20th, August was the month of some major movement. Believe it or not, even with my scaled back mileage of recent, I still surpassed my July miles (which were 77). Currently, the August miles are at 138...I probably will not be able to double the July tally, but I will come close by month's end. Yikes, I can flat-out guarantee I would not be reaching that kind of quota if I was running instead of walking every day.
|Early morning miles for the win|
Let's talk about the August 2017 weather, shall we? First thing, I have been very fortunate in terms of early morning "dryness." In other words, I have been able to walk outside every morning (with the exception of Sunday, August 20th, when it was raining) every day since July 17th (when my daily early morning streak began). Impressive, yes? But, in terms of temps, it has been very unseasonably cool, especially in the pre-dawn hours. Now, I appreciate the high 50's/low 60's temps for running...but definitely NOT in August, and for sure NOT for walking. Can you say, "Brrrr?"
|A rare August morning in a tank top...|
This Road to Recovery (extensive details HERE) has been an interesting journey. I'm able to walk "like normal" now, I can get in/out of a vehicle without much effort (finally!), and I can go up/down stairs (mostly) with ease. But there is that %$&# 6-inch suture line. Not only is it horribly ugly, but it sometimes feels really tight and uncomfortable, making it difficult to bend my knee as much as I'd like. Obviously, the running is still on standby...but I do think I'm getting closer to getting back on the road and doing more than just walking.
|Don't me jealous...Voldemort is ALL mine|
I have successfully kept that proverbial glass half full through this life-changing event, but there have been a few gloom & doom moments when the water level has waivered. Summer is my favorite season for running, after all. It's been very hard to see all of my running friends' sweaty post-run selfies because my eagerness to trade places with them is overwhelming. Fortunately, walking has been a great substitute for running, and the early morning walks have really been fantastic. I certainly have been reminded to appreciate every mile, whether it's by running or walking, because none of us really know if it could be our last (or an unexpected emergency surgery will blindside you).
|Grateful for EVERY mile|
Oops. I have only missed a couple days of push-ups. I have done the leg lifts daily...just not three times each day. And the daily foam rolling? Major oops. It's happened, but very sporadically.
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