A few weeks ago, my doctor cleared me to walk again. Her recommendation was half a mile a day. I started slowly, walking four blocks up the street and then home again. I've been really tired at the end of the day and it's hard to be motivated to get off the couch. But today I felt good. And the sun was shining. And I walked 1.1 miles. And a lot of that was up the hill from my apartment to the university campus in my neighborhood. I stood briefly at the top of the hill to admire the view. I could see the spires of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. It was beautiful.
This was a very slow mile. And it involved a stop at the grocery store for dinner. But it felt really good. So good that I could have walked further, but I didn't want to take any risks. After the walk I stretched a little. That didn't feel too good. My calves and hamstrings are really tight, and my back is getting sore from all the sitting. But today was huge progress, and I'm very happy with it.
2009 may be a rebuilding year, but it has potential. This weekend, I hope to get back in the pool for a few minutes. My goal is to be able to swim three laps on Saturday if I'm feeling well. By the end of April, I hope to be able to walk 1.5 miles at slow race pace. Ideally, I'd like to be able to enter a few races at the end of the year, but I'm not sending in any registration fees just yet. Right now I'm just hoping to be able to walk the same 1.1 miles tomorrow.
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