Sunday, August 05, 2012
On Saturday night, Hagrid and I went for our normal walk. The walking dog has been licking her joints a lot lately, so I decided to leave her at home. Hagrid and I also decided to walk the full 2.6 mile route up the hill, to the ranch post, which is about 1/2 mile more than we usually walk.
So, I'm clipping along, at a faster pace than Hagrid because he struggles with a bad knee. I decided I might try a slow jog---just ten seconds of slow jog. There it was. I did it, and it felt good! I waited for my breathing to return to normal, and the route to level out a little bit, and then I did it again. Ten seconds of slow jog. Again, I waited until my breathing got regular again, and this time I did 15 seconds of slow jog! I was on a roll!
I got the ranch post about four minutes before Hagrid. I had plenty of time to catch my breath and stretch out a little. We did the return walk together.
I got home and did my regular routine of water the garden, play with the dogs, grab my ice water, and plunk down on my butt for awhile and finish my SP tracking. Only, when I got up---my left knee hurt badly. I could walk on it, but it was definitely wobbly. I thought that maybe I just over-did it, and it would probably be better in the morning.
Two hours later, I woke up in PAIN. I couldn't have my left leg in any position because everything caused my knee to hurt. On top of this my dog, whose joints are hurting her, started licking her joints again (awoken by my tossing and turning). I ended up crawling down to the end of the bed (upside down?) and propping my pillow under my knee, and then rubbing my dogs joints until she fell asleep, and so did I.
When I got up this morning, I had a really hard time. We had to drive three hours to San Antonio to pick up Ron (12) from the airport. A three hour drive, and in and out of the car several times just did my knee in. It wasn't until we were at the airport that I had to walk more than just a few steps that I realized the more I walked the better it felt.
It's not well, and I'm afraid I've done something really bad to it. I'll be gentle on it until Wednesday, and maybe whatever I did to it will heal.
No more slow jogs for me for awhile.