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Holiday Contrasts


Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independence Day has been an odd day of contrasts for me.

It's a day off work, and I turned off the alarm; but I didn't sleep well, and I was up for an hour in the middle of the night doing housework.

I had all day to get some exercise in. In the morning, there were light showers and the threat of scattered thundershowers. That, plus the fact that I haven't got around to replacing the front tire on my bike, was enough to scare me away from a long bike ride. Instead, I tested a walk. I managed to walk part of it without limping, and averaged a 17 minute mile pace. That's slow, but faster than I've done since the last foot injury. It also indicated to me that going to a fireworks display this evening would be a bad idea. I didn't want that much walking.

It's been four days since I mowed, and in the morning the grass was too wet to mow even though it needed it. I figured, maybe tomorrow. By 3 PM, we had sunshine. I could have gone for a bike ride, but I mowed instead. 86 F shouldn't be all that hot, but we have summer humidity now. I was glad to have a running wardrobe that wicks away sweat while I mowed.

Other than that, I did a lot of loafing. Got a nap in the early afternoon, making up for the lost hour of sleep last night. I was dilatory about the morning routine, though I did manage to add TGUs back in without irritating the foot. I got some exercise when I could, and rested when I needed to.

A day off with no obligations is a real luxury when recovering from injury.

And the ultimate contrast: It felt like a day of rest, but I broke 10K steps for the first time since June 24. While I'd like to say this is the start of the next 10K step streak, I don't think it is. I think this is a fluke, and I'll need to have fewer steps some of the next few days. Still, it's progress.

Now, off to bed. The town fireworks will start in about half an hour. I can't see them from my house, but I'll hear some of the louder ones. It will be a comforting sound as I drift off.
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MOSTMOM1 7/6/2013 9:23AM

    Sounds like you're being really smart with your recovery time.

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WATERMELLEN 7/5/2013 7:55AM

    Yay loafing WITH 10,000 steps that included mowing: new definition of loafing for sure.

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TORTISE110 7/5/2013 7:12AM

    10 k steps! Way to go. And you got the lawn mowed too!

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MSLZZY 7/4/2013 11:39PM

    The fireworks should be ending at 11 so just a few more minutes of noise. This was one of the quietest 4th of July holidays I have ever experienced. How relaxing. Take good care of yourself and have a great weekend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/4/2013 10:49PM

    The bigger bangs tend to wake me up if I'm asleep even... right now, though, I tend to concur... I could drift off even with the level it's at right now... which is pretty constant.

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DALID414 7/4/2013 9:31PM

    Must be a guy thing to sleep through fireworks. I can't do it.

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