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Tuesday PT and swim


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Tuesday, a work at home day. Still can't run, but it's been a full day.

PT in the morning. The foot isn't right yet, but it's better than it has been. Worked on balance, hip abductors, and something else (glutes?) in PT. Came out with the foot feeling so good, I didn't wear the ace bandage in the morning.

At lunch the foot still felt good, so I went for a walk. It timed out to a normal type pace, 14:30 or so; but in 28 minutes and a little less than 2 miles, the foot reminded me that it isn't 100%. The ace bandage went back on for the afternoon, and the ice pack came into play.

End of the work day, and I went to the gym. As advertised, this is the busy part of the day. I looked at the number of people on the free weights, and decided to take a swim. It wasn't a terribly long swim, but it's more than I've done in a pool in over a year. I lost count of laps; best estimate is that I did 11 up and back lengths of a 25 yard (25 meter?) pool, for about 550 yards. There was no easily visible clock, and I didn't think to take my watch to the pool room, so I don't know how long i swam. It can't have been anything too impressive, given the short distance I swam; but it was worth the gear up for the relaxation I got out of it.

I had packed my gym bag with both swimming attire and gym floor attire, out of indecision as to what I wanted to do. That's looking like a good practice going forward; if I intend to swim but the pool is crowded, at least I can go use an elliptical machine or lift weights.

The gym bag is re-packed and in my trunk now. I don't think I'll go to the gym after work tomorrow, but I want to leave myself the option of doing so without stopping at home first. The idea is to leave myself room to build a gym habit. It would be good to have a gym habit by mid-autumn, so I can lean on that habit to get to the gym in spite of Christmas traffic.
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SUSANNAH31 7/10/2013 7:55PM

    Swimming is a great option to have; not all gyms have a pool.
Packing a bag and being prepared to go sounds like a good idea.
Being prepared (like the cub scouts say) gives you lots of choices.

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DOGLADY13 7/10/2013 6:47PM

    I always have the gym bag packed and in the car. If I have to go home first, I'd never make it to the gym.

Swimming is excellent cross training for running.

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MSLZZY 7/10/2013 7:30AM

    Keeping your options open-good idea!

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DEBRITA01 7/9/2013 11:20PM

    You've anticipated the various scenarios at the gym and have planned well. Good idea keeping a packed bag in the car...just in case emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 7/9/2013 10:52PM

    Are you still doing your PT home program? Did they give you new exercises to do at home? Great plan on having the gym bag available so you don't have any excuses!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/9/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon It's all about having options. Good job, on several fronts.

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