I went for a walk yesterday and it was a good one. After I sprained my ankle, I had trouble walking even short distances so trips to the park were out of the question. It has taken a long time and a lot of physical therapy, but my ankle finally feels strong enough for me to try walking and even running again. Over the past week or two, I've been trying to get in at least 10,000 steps per day of walking. At first, the steps were spread out throughout the day with 1,000 steps here and there until I hit my goal. Yesterday, I decided to try going for one long walk to see how my ankle did with a longer distance.
I went to a local greenway that has 4 or so miles of paved trails. My main goal was to walk at least 4 miles without stopping and throw a few fartlek-style jogs into the mix if the mood struck. I started listening to the Daylighters audiobook a couple of days ago. It's the last book in the Morganville Vampire series and I was looking forward to some quality listening time while I enjoyed the spring weather.
I was not the only one out enjoying the sun. I'm not sure if you can see it, but in the bottom left corner of the picture above, there is a turtle hanging out on that rock. He (or she) was too far away to photograph well, but I stopped to watch him for a little while. I remember learning somewhere that turtles and other cold-blooded creatures sunbathe to get warm. He picked a great day to bask in the sunlight.
When I got to a flat stretch of trail with minimal debris, I decided to try a little jogging. It went pretty well. Running was not painful, but it did feel strange. I had a lot of trouble balancing on my ankle after I sprained it and the doctor said I would have to teach it to hold and balance my weight again. If I had to re-learn basic things like balancing on that foot, it shouldn't come as a surprise surprise that running on it feels alien. I hope that with time and patience running will feel comfortable again.
By the time I made it back to my car I felt great. It has been a really long time since I could just go for a walk without my ankle bothering me. It was nice to get outside again and enjoy the fresh air.