Yes, the boot came off on Tuesday and let me tell you it felt so weird walking in a shoe. I carried my shoe into the doctor office and told her that I hoped I wasn't jinxing myself. ;) I wasn't!!! I got the ok to toss it. Woot Woot!! She gave me a list of exercises to do and I got the ok to walk my upcoming half. She said I can jog it some if I feel up to it. But not to overdo it. Which I never intended to do for that race. Since Tuesday, I've been busting out all of the exercises she told me to do. I even went to the gym that afternoon. However, I felt so lost. Even though I've been hitting the gym daily since I was injured. I just haven't done any lower body.
I mentally feel so prepared to run but I know that I must take baby steps. As my chiropractor mentioned, I already have it between my ears that I will be running. And I really believe that I do. I just feel like I am going to kill my runs now. It's like before my injury, something was missing. I never worked out. I only ran. I knew if I wanted to become a better runner, I needed to cross train. But the gym intimated me. I always had the feeling that someone was watching me. It took having an injury to make me realize that everyone in the gym is doing their own thing. Really not even paying attention to you.
I really wanted to hit the gym this afternoon, but thought my ankle needed some rest. Yesterday at the gym, I walked on the treadmill for 6 minutes and then I rode the bike for 15 minutes. Totally did not intend to ride 3.4 miles but I did. Oops! My legs felt like jello and wondered what the heck just happened when I got off the bike. I can't wait to see what running will be like. I'm sure I'll feel like I am dying. Or wonder why I ever enjoyed it before the injury. ;) A few more weeks of the bike and I should totally be able to ride while my running buddy, Miranda runs. She's training for her first marathon in Decemeber. And I totally feel bummed that I'm not able to train with her. I kinda pushed her into registering since she would most likely be training with me for my marathon. So hopefully by rinding my bike, I can keep her company on those looooong runs so she isn't solo.
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