August running mileage: 4! I actually got to run four miles this month. That is eight days of running half a mile. It is really nothing to get excited about—except that it is really something to get excited about!! I’m not running fast (about a 12 minute pace) and I’m still only allowed to do half a mile every other day. I’m hoping that I can slowly increase that mileage after my next follow up appointment.
Walking: I walked 83 miles in August. I walked almost every day. It gave me a reason to at least get moving. I have a very nice 3 mile loop around town that I do almost every day. I stick to the same loop because I know the ups and downs of the pavement—and I don’t want to twist an ankle in the dark!
Swimming: 11,900 yards. (6.76 miles) The pool was closed the first week of the month and I just didn’t get there as much as I wanted to. I still don’t love swimming, but I think that it definitely has its place in my ongoing training.y
Injury update: At the beginning of the month, I had my ablation procedure. A couple weeks after that, I went back for the follow up appointment. So far, it hasn’t been everything I hoped it would be. The doctor keeps telling me to be patient. She obviously doesn’t know me at all.
I have been going to physical therapy and I have been very diligent in completing my exercises and stretches. I’m trying really hard not to do the things I’m not supposed to do. I have another follow up in a few more weeks.
Job update: I was offered a nursing position on the Operating Room at a local hospital on August 8th. Then, after the pre-employment physical, the job was put on hold due to the back pain. I was playing the waiting game for a couple weeks, but last Friday, I got the call that I would be starting…TODAY!! I can’t wait.
I hope that things continue to improve on all fronts. I’d love to have less pain and be able to run more. Hopefully September will be a good month.