In the spring of 1999 I trained to be able to run my first 5k. Every spare minute I had that wasn't in class or working was spent at the indoor track running. And when the big day came, I ran the entire way. I was one of the first ones to finish. I was so proud. And I was so thirsty. There was no water set up yet. I had to walk all the way back to my dorm to get a drink. I vowed I would never run another 5k . . . Well that was a vow I didn't keep.
The point however, is that there was a goal that I wanted my body to reach. And I trained and trained until my body could reach that goal.
In the past, I was thankful that I could do this. But I don't think I ever realized the extent of how grateful I should be. In the past year with thyroid crap, some internal stuff, and lately the torn PCL; I have gained a whole new appreciation for a properly working body.
This morning I was down in my basement gym working out. I was on the laid back exercise bike for a bit. Then I moved on to the elliptical. I was going fine for about 8 minutes, and then there was searing pain in my knee again. So I stopped and came upstairs.
After our Easter lunch with family, we were back home enjoying the gorgeous weather. I had this crazy idea to try a bike ride. I have not successfully tried a regular, upright bike of any kind since before my accident. And I had already pushed my knee a bit this morning. But the weather was so enticing, that I just had to try.
I asked the hubster to keep his phone handy in case I couldn't make it back. The hubster was not in favor of me going. Fortunately he's used to my stubbornness and he said he'd keep his phone by him. I took my daughter's bike, I broke mine last year. My knee wasn't exactly comfortable feeling, but I made it around the yard ok. So I went out on the road. And I was doing it! I was riding a regular bike!!!
It doesn't sound too special probably. But it was amazing. I went about three miles and made it all the way home by myself! My knee swelled up and I had to elevate it for awhile. But today wasn't the worst I've been. So it was totally worth it!
Tonight I am thankful for a wonderful Easter spent with family! And I am thankful for my own personal Easter miracle of being able to ride a regular bike again! Here is a proud gal on her bike ride today!