Well, I went down to New York last week and took lots of pictures of cherry blossoms and other signs of spring while I was there, all the while lamenting that spring comes so much later in Rhode Island. [If you want to see my pictures, they're here: www.flickr.com/photos/do
I'd post some directly here but I'm not on my computer.] Well, when I got back on Wednesday, I was surprised to see that spring HAD come during my absence! Last year, the trees and flowers didn't start to bloom until well into May, so this was a surprise.
With the warmer weather, I find it a lot easier to motivate myself to get outside for exercise. I've dusted off my bike and although I'm not back up to doing those 20 mile rides of last summer [my butt has to get used to the bike seat again, and it's got less padding than last spring!], the quick rides around the city have been good. And I've been walking a LOT. [Tuesday, while in NYC, I walked over nine miles!]
I did take a break from running for a couple weeks because of a back injury but that seems to have gone away so I'm back to running. I did 3.5 miles yesterday, along with a couple miles of walking, and it even included running up some really tough hills! I've restarted my half marathon training, AGAIN, because I kept missing entire weeks thanks to injuries, but at least I can still run a 5k distance. And, actually, I've got another 5k coming up on May 5th [I was originally supposed to be running the half marathon that day but, well, you know how training went].
Coming home, I stepped on my right foot wrong and twisted my ankle. You know, the ankle that was sprained for six months last year. I was SO WORRIED that I'd maybe sprained it again, and I still had to walk home [I'd gone to the bike path, which is about 2 miles from my house, for a change of scenery]. As soon as I got home I iced it, and stayed off of it as much as possible all night, and it seems to be fine today so *phew*. I don't want to deal with this ankle being sprained again!
But, you know, I'd forgotten how easy it is to burn a thousand calories in a single day when it's nice weather and being out for over an hour is no problem... Hopefully the scale will finally go down now! [It did go down four pounds from my last entry, thankfully, but it's still not where I'd like it to be.]
[Not to get my hopes up or anything, but as long as I stay injury free for the next two weeks and can keep up with my running, I'm on track to FINALLY beat my 5k PR from 2007!]