Yes, you read that right, I can run!
For some of you who don’t know me you might think that’s an odd thing to crow about, after all can’t most people run? But those of you who know me, or have read a post or two on my blog (Happy Birthday to my Hip) know that after a few years of arthritis and then a hip replacement, this is a milestone.
It’s been a year since my hip replacement, and a few months since my surgeon told me I have no more restrictions to my movement. But I’ve been wary of running.
I’ve done circuit training for about 8 months now, but it’s only the past few weeks that I’ve done a little jogging in the gym between machines. This week I made the leap (metaphorically, I’m not actually leaping yet). I decided to try jogging around the park a block away from our house.
What’s so lovely about this park is that it is dog friendly and when no one is there, Cooper is off-leash.
Even though Cooper gets long walks with Dad and Frisbee sessions with me, he could use a run each day is well. Let’s face it, he and I both have big butts! 😉 And who can beat this gorgeous California spring weather!
I jog on the grass around the perimeter of the small park. I try not to have too hard an impact on my still bone growing bionic hip. It’s quite amusing that I use the word run or even jog since it’s more like a trot. Someone walking fast would pass me in a flash… Cooper has time to smell all the pee-mail in the park.
Eventually I’m hoping to trot around the park without stopping, but at the moment I walk some and of course stop for the obligatory photo ops, like these lovely spring flowers.
As time goes by I’ll get more sure of my balance, and gain some stamina and most importantly my confidence. Eventually I might be running around the park two or three times! Cooper and I will both work our butts off! 😉
(If you can’t see this short video of us in the park and would like to, click here.)
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