The actual quote is “Liftoff! We have liftoff!” from Apollo 11, on July 16, 1969. Well, maybe I didn’t have liftoff today, but on the other hand, I didn’t have to abort the mission. No, today was a success.
It’s been 2 weeks since my successful hernia surgery, and after being cleared in a post-op visit this morning, I celebrated the end of my injury timeout with a mile jog on flat grass around 9 minute pace. After a 5-week break from running to both heal my metatarsal stress reaction, and recover from hernia surgery, it was a blessing to be able to go out and jog a mile.
I don’t recall what it felt like as a baby to take those first steps, but this would’ve come reasonably close. I enjoyed stepping out of the car at Waveny Park, opening those hips with the lunge matrix and activating those glutes with leg swings, and I was on my way. Every step of my mile jog, every leaf I crunched and every blade of grass I bent with my New Balance Fuelcell Impulse shoes, was a happy experience! The biggest challenge was not letting the adrenaline kick in and ego take over and continue, but to stop after one mile.
I drove home and stretched with a rope using Active Isolated Flexibility exercises. Showered. Mission accomplished.