This week has been busy. However, my knee is continuing to improve so I was able to run more than a mile without pain! I’m hoping to have the time to do that again soon. Maybe I will this weekend. I ran just under 2 miles on Wednesday morning before work. I was able to leave my immediate neighborhood while running, which was the first time in almost 4 weeks. I was rewarded with witnessing seven swans a-swimming. I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing that in real life. I’ve been singing about it every December for probably 35 years now and will no longer need to imagine what that might look like. I wish I had taken a picture so I could share the experience. I have managed to squeeze in a mile run every other day this week to keep the streak alive. This week has been much more enjoyable without constant knee pain. I’m even starting to think about doing yoga again. These are exciting times.
I got a pair of rollerblades over the weekend. Someone healing from a fall that occurred while running probably shouldn’t strap a set of wheels to their feet but here we are. I did buy the set of pads that my daughter claims make me look “lame”. She has been learning to rollerblade for the past few weeks so I decided to join her. I did enjoy rollerblading as a teenager but apparently that was too long ago for my brain to believe that they aren’t trying to kill me. The pads help. I honestly thought it might be a good way to get more physical exercise without jarring my knee joint as much. I didn’t expect there to be such a large relearning curve. So far the only extra physical exercise I’ve gotten has been an increase in heart rate due to anxiety. I am reading The Places That Scare You by Pema Chödrön. It turns out that every place scares me when I’m wearing rollerblades. I’m hoping the book can help get me through the fear. I have been consistently running my daily mile to keep my streak alive. It still feels like a chore but I can tell my knee is getting better. My pace has gotten back to my pre-injury state but I’m just running significantly fewer miles. I know I’ll get back to where I was but I’m just not super patient. Maybe Pema’s book can help me with that too.