Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Things are lookin' up!

I first would like to say thank you to THE BEST FREAKIN' BLOGGERS IN THE WORLD. The support and encouraging words you all left for me was awesome. Some of you even left me emails and personal messages on facebook, if you didn't respond here. Most of you made me cry like a little girl, but I think that was good. I'm so encouraged by what a lot of you said. I didn't even think about so many of the things that were brought up. I think you'll be happy to know that I'm not giving up without a fight!! Thank you all so much. It's a great relief to know I have you on my side whenever I need you. ;)

Sunday I managed to do some hiking up and around Mission Peak with my hubby. We took my next door neighbor's doggie, Sophie, along with us. Her daddy is out of town so Sophie enjoyed getting outside with Boomer. Jerry usually takes the dogs out on Sunday morning for their play date at Garin so it was nice they still got to spend time together.

Last night I had my first physical therapy appointment with Floyd who specializes in sports injuries (and rehab). I have been working on getting my ankle moving for a week now so he was pleased with the range of motion I DO have at this point. It's at about 50% of what it should be. He poked at it, stretched it, moved it around, massaged it and finally did a five minute ultrasound on it. I have high hopes for Floyd. I think in the next few weeks he will have me where I'm supposed to be. We talked a little bit about my knee and he's a firm believer (as many of you are) that since running is such a great passion of mine, I should be able to do it. There's too many technologies out there to help me achieve that. We talked about the brace I have for the knee and he thought that would be a great idea to wear that and start running again. He definitely agreed that I should stay on trails. YIPPEE! We like Floyd, don't we?

This morning I went to a Pilates class at my gym (24 Hour). I have read that it's very good for arthritis in the knee. I liked it. I can see where it can benefit me in a lot of different areas. I will probably take the class twice a week, as long as I'm not working when the class is held.

Then this afternoon I went SWIMMING with Jana! There's an indoor swim center right down the street from me. It has lap swimming, infinity pool, water slides, lazy river. I had to buy myself a one-piece suit this morning. Can I just say something about one-piece bathing suits? Who the hell do they use as models for these? Seriously!! Who? I'm 5'4" tall, always wear a size 6 (size 4 on my good days). Why am I not fitting into one of the small sizes in a bathing suit? Why am I having to buy one that is even bigger than my bra size? What do the numbers mean anyway? When I tried one on in my bra size, the portion between my boobs and my crotch didn't even touch my body and part of my boobs stuck out on the side. It was ridiculous! Anyway, I bought a suit. And a new cap. And I swam. I swam 25 laps. IT WAS HARD! It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was on a swim team in high school. I think that's the last time I swam a lap. I'm pretty sure it is. My goal was to swim two laps at a time without stopping. I accomplished that but almost passed out I was so dizzy after the second set. I was switching up the strokes too. Two freestyle, two back, two breast, etc. When I got out of the pool, I felt like rubber. But then Jana and I spent another hour playing on the water slides and the lazy river. ;)
I'm sore tonight. My shoulders and triceps mostly. I'm not complaining, I like this kind of sore. I also like activities that challenge me. I won't say Pilates challenged me very much, but swimming definitely did. Pilates is "a keeper" though because I think it will be good for me. I'll be doing a lot of both, I can tell you that.
Thanks again for your support. You guys ROCK!
Until later.............


AKA Alice said...

Gotta love a PT who "gets it!!!" Yay for that!

There's no rhyme or reason to swimsuit sizes.

You swam 25 laps...straight out? Damn girl. You are a rock star!

Seriously..so very, very, very happy that you had a good day!

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

I missed the earlier post, but yes, things are looking up. I wasn't convinced that you endurance running career was necessarily terminated. Stay positive; there will be more great days like today.

Rick Gaston said...

Pilates starts out slow but watch out it'll start making you cry as you do more and more of the advanced exercises. I once signed up for 6 classes at a physical therapy place because of back pain I was having on the bike.

Well we love ya you know. Such a positive person out on the trails and I'm glad you have your fighting gloves back on.

Suz said...

I have high hopes for your return to running, but also wanted to tell you that when I was out with an injury, I made running friends at an even faster rate because I volunteered at so many races. Turns out, they don't kick you out of the community if you're a runner who doesn't happen to be running right now. Nice group that way.

With swimsuits, they are insane. I wear a 4, but usually like a 10 in swimsuits. Then my last one, I took an XS. Ev.

On pilates, I always found it to be like semi-napping and thinking about moving, and then after a couple months I had ab definition. I think it'll be great for you.

Will you be out at Headlands? I now associate your cheerfulness with Tennessee Valley :-)

Missy said...

YES! We like Floyd for sure. Yeah, I knew there had to be another answer. Of course, I'm thrilled about the swimming. Yay. Yep, total ass kicker when you first get back into the pool. You're arms will be ripped!

René said...

Good for you! Where there's a will, there's a way, and there is still bicycling and yoga to experiment with!

trailturtle said...

Great to see that positive spirit again! It's hard to tell for sure without examining you myself, but, if you can tolerate hiking without pain, then it IS likely that you can run UPHILL on trails without damaging the joint.....Please be careful on the downhills and technical flats, though...you may have to stick with walking those (I would, anyway). Swimming and cycling should be OK, too (for the latter it is critical to have proper fit)...take on RBR's offer to ride with you--I can't, since I don't live in the area:(. that is impressive that you can do 25 laps on the first try in several years---maybe there is a "Iron JoLynn" somewhere in the future!! on trails, of course :) :)
Keep the spirit! Ann

Anonymous said...

It's good to see you smile again.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

bathing suit shopping is near the bottom of my list of fun things to do. I'm so happy you have Floyd, who seems to have your best interest at heart. Awesome news. Well done on the swimming too! Wow!

Kristin said...

Yay!!! See? I knew things would start to get better. I agree that you will definitely be able to figure out how to get back out there at some point.

Nice job swimming! And um, I am with you 100% about the suits!! WHO DECIDED ON THOSE?? I HATE trying them on/wearing them/etc. Probably why I don't swim!! Hilarious.

Anyways, good luck getting into the Piates groove and rehabing! I know you will be FINE and will be back out running in no time. :)

RunningLaur said...

Yay! Yay! Yay!Yay!Yay!Yay! Can I bring Floyd some cupcakes or something? Yay!

And on one pieces - at 5'9" I've never found one that doest viciously cut into my shoulders and crotch. Evil.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

All good stuff. Good PT. Good hiking. Good swimming.

One piece suits are evil. They won't fit me either. I just use swim suit bottoms or tri shorts and an athletic top. I'm much more comfy that way.

Victoria said...

Oh, I meant to tell you too-- swimsuits have nothing to do with bra sizes. I mean, I wear a 38 (I think) in swimsuits, and um, that's not my bra size. By a long shot.

aron said...

yay so glad things are looking up :) you are keeping so active too with pilates and swimming! go you :)

Oscar Yeager said...

You are a fine blogger in your own regard.

I've always liked the bloggers that post lots of pictures like you do, it shows that you put some effort into it.

I blog too, but my blogs are mostly text, I don't put tons of time and effort into it like you!

Good work.