Monday, October 09, 2006

Friends and Family Weekend.

We had a delightful surprise in weather this weekend, with temps both Saturday and Sunday in the 70s. Add to that all the "Michigan" sports wins: Tigers beat Yankees! and U of Michigan over Michigan State! Woo hoo! Since sports pretty much dominated the airwaves, you would have to live in a cave to not know the outcome of the teams.

That aside, this weekend was the perfect day for Colorburst, the annual fall ride of our bike club to benefit MADD. Naturally I had to miss this, but Shelley did make it over to the west side of Michigan to join the Grand Rapids group for the ride. The pictures above are Libby and Shelley and me and Shelley at Libby's house. (One of these days I will get the spare bedroom cleaned out so she can stay with us again!)

Haven't caught up with her yet on her ride as today is her Thanksgiving in Canada, but I'm sure it went well. Only the big dogs decided to do the whole, hilly 100, but at least they had a glorious day to be out there.

I did get a walk in both Saturday and Sunday and after figuring things out, realized I have been walking almost as many, if not more, miles a week than I was running during the summer, but then of course I'm not riding or swimming. I also did some more figuring and if I can start running right at the 8 week mark or shortly after, it still will probably take me 4-6 months to get back to where I was on the day of the accident. :( The formula here is based on for every week off running, allow 2 weeks to come back. That puts me at 2 months, and that is only assuming I can run a full mile at a time to start. So of course that changes some of my planned events for next year. Again, I'm not pleased with this, but as with anything, I figure some good has to come out of this, right?

As for the family fun this weekend, I spent another day with the grandkids, this time they went miniature golfing, and for once they didn't fight and cheat (too much)! :) Not anything I can really do comfortably yet, but I did notice yesterday was the first day with no measurable back pain. Nothing more uncomfortable than if I had done a hard workout, and I'm always able to manage that pain.

Hopefully everyone got a chance to get out and enjoy the things they like doing most. We are counting our days before the dark and cold season is upon us.


nancytoby said...

LOL! I'm looking at the photos thinking, gosh, that looks just like Shelley! Then I read the text...

Sounds FUN!!!

Fe-lady said...

Sounds like you had fun and are healing faster now!
Oh those wonderful midwest fall days. (Talked to my mom in Ohio homesick!)

Ellie said...

If you're walking that much, it's not going to take you two months to come back, I'll bet. You are royally hanging in there, refusing to be daunted, and you're doing awesome.

However, I have to disagree with you on one little thing:
GO SPARTANS!!!! (Yeah, they lost, but that was just one of those things.)

Shelley said...

Nice to see you again Vickie...hope it wont' be too long until I see you guys again!! Sure had a blast!!

TriFeist said...

Y'all look fantastic. What a happy group of friends!

Your road back to running sounds long. however, you can see yourself getting back into running despite everything you've endured. That's inspiring.

You go girl!