Today was the Big Day. And in case you haven't guessed by now, or haven't read it yet in the New York Times, I got the all clear to walk, run, skip rope, swim, bike, spin, lift weights, and stand on my head if I want. Even all at once!
Upon hearing this news, I immediately contacted TEAM JEANNE for advice, before I did something idiotic.
And the TEAM of TEAM JEANNE gave these stellar instructions:
Go out for an EASY one-mile run today. Walk one or two miles to cool down. Walk on Friday. Plan your next EASY SHORT run for Saturday, maybe 1.2 to one and a quarter miles with a cool down walk. Run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. Nothing far (one and a half to two miles max) fast or strenuous.Which, after much pondering and serious study, I translated this way:
Go out for an a really fast hard one-mile run today. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.Woot!
I laced up the PF Flyers and hit the trail with much anticipation and loads of trepidation. Running, pfft, it looks so easy! How hard could it be?
So today I did this:
Mile 1, walk: 27,000 minutes (16:53 (including long traffic stop))
Mile 2, run (are ya ready??): 9:43
NINE FORTY THREE!!!
Mile 3, walk: 400,000 minutes (17:08 (long traffic stop))
Woot, I say again!
Of course I was ready to die after mile 2. I'll be good from now on, I promise. I have a long, long way to go. Actually, I don't need to promise, because if I'd had to run three feet more, I would have collapsed in a heap. The last time I ran was March 17, 11 long long weeks ago. Somehow I have managed not to gain any weight in the interim (walking!), but things were jiggling that I didn't remember jiggling before. I am starting over. And I have goals and plans and Big Things to accomplish!
Oh, and the other news? The operation was a success! And the patient lived!
And as if THAT weren't enough good news for one day, I got this e-mail from my condo manager about that little situation with my upstairs neighbors:
Hi Jeanne,Woot! I just hope my place hasn't been burned down by the time I get home.
I found the original letter, written to the owner in November of 2005. Apparently, he had repairs done by unlicensed contractors at some point, which resulted in a violation. I will send a copy of this letter to him, along with a new violation letter, tomorrow. In it I will state that he has ten days to make repairs, or we will do it for him. He will also be called before the board for a hearing if he doesn't comply.
I'll send you a copy of the letter, and then please let me know within ten days or so if anything has transpired.
It's all good people. Life is really a ... no not a box of chocolates, a string of ups and downs. At least that's what the people at the psychiatric clinic told me. After they handed me my meds.
Now, I would like to leave you with an inspirational video. This character never failed to inspire me over the years, and I hope he does the same for you.