Legwatch: I'm back, sort of.

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It kind of feels good to be back. This weekend I was walking around and got to do a bunch of things that I never was able to do in about 2 months. I went to Kabloom and bought 4 new house plants (a Prayer, a Pathos and two money trees) - the last one died because I didn't water it enough.

I went out and bought Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Battlefield 2 (Thanks for the tip, FAP).

I went to Qdoba Saturday and Sunday for lunch. Had Ben & Jerry's (Phish Food and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sundae) ice cream Saturday and a Cherry Water Ice on Sunday.

I'm not 100%, but i'm basically walking - but i'm much more slow and measured with my pace. This morning I was able to walk to work. I took the bus from 6th to the PATH. The PATH to 33rd. The N&R train to midtown.

Before the injury I was a very fast walker. I'm also much taller than most of the people taking mass transit - so i'm much like a bull in a china shop - most people just get out of my way because they see a very large, fast moving man barrelling his way towards them.

Post-injury, it's very much different.

I'm sort of in a quasi-defensive mode of walking trying to protect my knee. I used to skip up and down stairs two at a time. Now I carefully walk up the staircase, with the handrail close by. A guy who was behind me, shot past me and gave me a sidelong dirty look and shook his head as if to say "Move faster!"

It's very, very strange to be slow like this. I don't like it at all.

Each day walking my leg gets stronger, I can feel it getting more strength in my step so I know it's only a matter of time before i'm back to a true normal level.

I'm just not enjoying this. I feel much weaker and defensive, like i'm 73, not 33.

Today is my first visit back to Club H. It has been 2 months since I touched a weight. In some ways I look forward to getting back to my routine. In other ways, i'm afraid to find out how weak I am from not lifting.

I made an appointment with a physical therapist in NYC on July 7th (it was the first appointment) - I will go there during my lunch breaks. In the meantime I will hit the gym and do the stationary bicycle like my doctor told me to start.

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