Sunday, June 5, 2011

Summer Goals

Every summer, I write a list of goals for myself. In fact, this is something I do about once a season. Most of the time, the lists include "Stop spending so much money!" "Read more!" and "Exercise more!"

My list this summer is more specific. Here are my summer fitness goals:

1) Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day
2) Be able to bike 50 miles by the end of the summer
3) Be able to run around Ring Road without stopping (2 miles)
4) Lose 10 pounds

I think those are certainly all attainable goals. Though I have always sucked at running and I'm a bit concerned that this ankle business may take its toll on that goal, but it doesn't hurt to try!

Now I just have to get on the mend so I can make sure the other goals can all be checked off on the list :)

Summer lovin: Week 1

...had me a blast. Emphasis on the past tense.

Last week I started up with my biking again and was really getting into the swing of the things.

Sunday - 8 mile bike ride at the Res with my dad
Monday - 25 mile bike ride at the Nashua trail with Kate & Steve
Tuesday - 15 miles around campus
Wednesday - 4 miles around campus
Thursday - 15 miles around campus
Friday - 3 miles around campus
Saturday - severely sprain my ankle

Yup. And now I can barely get around on crutches (I suck at them, btw), never mind walk and never mind bike :( As soon as I stepped off the curb and injured myself, the first thing I said was "How am I going to bike???"

I was then piggybacked / wheelchaired into the hospital, had xrays and received an air cast and crutches. And now I'm stretched out on the couch with my foot propped up against a bag of frozen peas and a delicious pizza being served to me by my maid, Arthur :)

Getting around with only one limb is annoying and surprisingly exhausting. I have to keep finding creative ways to maneuver myself around. Taking a shower was quite a challenge. I had to sit on the edge of the tub and swing myself in and then brace myself against the tub and prop my knee up on the shelf to keep the pressure off my ankle. And let's not even talk about how ridiculous it was for me to try to get dressed. Geez. Definitely makes me appreciate my ankle so much more now that I can't use it!

So here I am and here I'll be for a while. I'm hoping to start walking a little bit by tomorrow. My ankle originally swelled up to like a baseball and now the swelling has subsided a bit, though it's still all bruised and puffy.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to learn to drive with my left foot so I can head back to campus. This is my life.