Yesterday was an unusually mild December day in New England so Kathy and I took advantage and headed out for a walk. Prior to my surgery we used to walk to Starbucks or the local Market Basket and back on a regular basis. The Starbucks round trip is about 4 miles and I have not felt up to that much walking all at one time until yesterday.
Other than some really tight hamstrings, the walk went very well. I had to stop a couple of times to stretch as my leg muscles tightened up but that was too be expected. We hung out at Starbucks and had a coffee/tea for a little while and I took advantage of the time by really stretching both hamstrings. That made all the difference as the walk back was much easier than the walk there. I still have some momentary balance issues as my body adjusts to a lack of muscle mass in my left leg and my knee “barks” at me once in awhile if I misstep.
All in all, it was pretty encouraging that I was able to make the 4 miles without too much trouble. I need to keep up the walking and continue to build back what the cancer took. The next goal will be carving some turns on a mountain somewhere in New England by January or February!