September 21st, 2014

Sunday morning

I woke up in a fair amount of pain, as usual, and grabbed my pain pill. Had my coffee, did morning prayers / meditation / study, and decided to try a short jog.

I only went about three blocks, but I generally felt fine. The only thing that stopped me from going farther was that the impact of jogging was hurting my shoulder. This probably could have been mitigated by adopting a shuffling style, with my feet not rising very high off the ground, but that's precisely the thing I need to learn NOT to do - it's the reason I tripped over a 3/4" crack in the sidewalk and broke my arm in the first place.

I found the exact spot where I had my accident: the driveway in back of the direct-mail marketing business on NW 17th between Kearney and Lovejoy.

The main thing is I want to stay in a recovery mentality, not an invalid mentality. Each day I try to find concrete examples of specific tasks that I can do, that I couldn't do the day before.

So, running will have to wait a little longer, but I'm looking forward to getting back to it. I've already decided I'm going to make three specific changes to make it safer: (1) carry NOTHING in my hands, because I need my hands free to make best use of them for balancing and, if need be, to break a fall; (2) no music, even on a hands-free headset, because I need to be alert and paying attention to where I'm going and what I'm doing (even though I've been pretty careful in the past about muting the sound when I have to deal with traffic); and (3) stay carefully focused on the road ahead of me, watching for hazards, and always pick my feet up instead of shuffling.

So that's the moral of the story - stay focused on the road ahead.