2020 comes with the promise of new fitness beginnings. After all, I didn’t start off the year with a race or a run or even a session of 9Round. Really, all I’ve been doing is rotating through prescribed stretches and working on building my stamina. Some days, I feel great enough to take on the world. Other days, I don’t want to leave my bed.
Sunday – pt exercises + recumbent bike
My parents came to pick up little man for a few nights away with them. He always loves to hang out at their place, and we are happy to let them have that family time.
The weather has been particularly gloomy and dull, so I didn’t really want to do very much after we got home from the gym.
Monday – physical therapy, 60 minutes
Once again, I had the earliest PT appointment, and it was a decent session. Every time I go, my PT adds a few more moves, which are both humbling and exciting. This time, I got to go to the shuttle and use my healing leg to press my body weight up and down against some light resistance.
Afterwards, Mr PugRunner wanted to grab breakfast, but all the little local places were closed on Mondays. We settled on Starbucks. Cheers to new fitness beginnings!
Tuesday – pt exercises + upper body + core + recumbent bike
In the morning, we went to the gym, and I made sure to get in some nice strength work. I’m sticking with 10 and 15 lb weights just because my balance isn’t all there quite yet. I’ll be able to pump it up soon.
Mr PugRunner wanted to go out for lunch after my parents brought little man home and so we did that and a trip to Target. We weren’t even out that long, but by the time I got to the cashier, I thought I was going to pass out. I guess some days are going to be harder than others.
Our cul de sac usually puts on quite a nice get together on New Year’s Eve, and this year was no exception. I was able to join the festivities for a bit, but I turned in long before midnight. Happy New Year.
Wednesday – rest
We all had a late night, and since it was Mr PugRunner’s birthday, we took advantage of a late morning. Someone, not mentioning any names, probably would have napped all day if we had let him. It’s ok: he deserved the break.
We went out to lunch, had dessert and presents at home and spent time with our favorite guy.
Thursday – physical therapy, 60 minutes
This was probably my best PT session of them all. The PT said my range of motion was excellent and then gave me more weight-bearing moves on the shuttle. Yay!
I capitalized on the good feelings by going out to dinner with some of my neighbors. We went to a restaurant near the house and had a rather lovely time. Mr PugRunner had to convince me to go – it’s just so hard to feel good about going anywhere right now, but I need to get over it.
Friday – pt exercises + core
I think I overdid it on Thursday because I slept terribly and spent much of the day in terrible discomfort. One step forward, three steps back. I was able to flip over and get in some pushups on my knees, so that was new and exciting.
The rest of the day was kind of meh. I did spend some time downstairs working on a new puzzle, but by the time dinner rolled around, I just wanted to be back in bed. Could I be any more dull?
Saturday – pt exercises + arms + core + recumbent bike
Mr PugRunner wanted to go to 9Round, so I did my resistance band moves at home and focused on weights and the recumbent bike at the gym. It was nice cranking the resistance up a little as well.
The best news was my sweet friend Meghan drove up to have lunch with me and hang out for a bit. It was so amazing to get to see her and it was such a boost to my mood, especially during this gray and dismal week.
Obviously, we won’t be tallying up any miles here for quite a few more weeks, but I am doing well with getting into the gym almost every day and I’m even gettin in a decent step count most days. This is what new fitness beginnings are all about.
Big victories include being able to tolerate walking in the boot more and more each day, walking on my bare foot with one crutch, and even though I swore up and down I wouldn’t walk down the stairs again, I’ve been managing it.
I polished off “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves” and am gearing up to start “The Hate U Give.” Yay for plenty of time to read.
We have four more PT sessions until I go back got the ortho, which is a combination of exciting and terrifying. I hope to get stronger every day so I can graduate to the next phase of this recovery.
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How was your week in training?
Are you keeping on track or are you joining me in the world of new fitness beginnings?