Running On Empty 2

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Today, I did it again, for the first time in more than 3 months.

I put on cargo shorts that were tight enough that they wouldn’t fall down as I moved.

I put on socks and shoes.

And a wide-brimmed hat.

Then, in the nearly 80-degree morning weather, under the blazing Sunshine State sun, I jogged.

Not safely in my fenced-in, grassy back yard, but on the sidewalk, all the way around the block where I live, for the very first time since before I suffered a massive stroke, almost 16 months ago.

Well, it would be more accurate to say that I tried my very best to jog all the way around the block where I live.

“A jerky, somewhat spasmodically quick walk,” might have been how observers would have described my motion.

I really tried to “push off” of each step, to achieve normal jogging motion and ground speed.

Instead, although my stride was probably faster than the stride of a quick walk, my ankles refused to propel me very far at a time. The end result was that my steps weren’t much longer than the length of my normal walking steps.

But, with my arms swinging in natural counterbalance to my legs, like they’re supposed to do, I successfully made it all the way around the block, in just a few minutes, without losing my balance at all, and without having to stop and take deep breaths, or wheeze, at any point.

I have lots more work to do.

Update, April 19, 2019: Wow – talk about tremendous muscle cramps! Thanks to my “jogging” effort yesterday, all night long, my left leg and the arch of my left foot kept cramping up so tightly and painfully, that they kept waking me up. Finally, around 6:00 this morning, I got up and used a heating pad on them for awhile, to help them relax. Now I’m really sleepy.

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