This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Remember yesterday when I left off with not knowing whether we were going to get 2" or 12" of snow overnight?
Well guess what - of course we got a LOT closer to that 12" inches. What else is new?
I knew that I was going to have a long morning when I had to push snow with the storm door. In other words, the first really good snow storm of the year.
Oh well that meant getting out at 6:00 AM getting behind the snow blower and for the next couple of hours let that beast abuse my shoulders and back.
The snow was light and fluffy, so it was pretty easy to move, but there was enough that I had to go over the damn driveway twice to get the ridges out of way. Can't let those stay in place and freeze though, makes the driveway nasty. Usually, I get through the whole ordeal on 3/4 of a tank of gas - today I ran out and had to refill.
Unfortunately, the driveway also has a bit of ice under the snow in places - that damn frozen water thing and slippery as hell. Well in spite of wearing screws in my boots and have a pretty good idea of where those spots were (I looked last night just so I would know - trying something new planning ahead for a change), I hit one of those ice spots and landed awkwardly against the snowblower.
Not good, when I slipped, I popped my bad shoulder pretty good and strained, stretched and screamed like a little girl when it happened. Yep, the son of bitch hurt like a ...well you get the idea. I stopped for a minute, sucked in my breath, swore a few more times and then attempted to move my arm.
It worked and while it was a bit tender, good news - I didn't dislocate it or rip anything in there. Since I was only about 3/4 done, I didn't have any choice but to keep going, but I did use a slower speed and didn't try to muscle the machine around at all. The shoulder was tender, but I was able to keep things together and finish.
The footing and winds outside at lunch ensured that I was going to go on the treadmill, it was just deciding whether to use UMA's Fitness Center or Planet Fitness. I tend to like the more open space at PF, so I drove over (it is less than a 5 minute drive) and didn't know how things would go. My shoulder was feeling pretty sore and I was still tired from all the morning's snow removal.
The first couple of miles, I didn't push and stayed around 8:00 minute pace. The shoulder didn't bother too much during the run and when another runner got on the treadmill beside me, well the old competitiveness came out and I picked up the pace pretty good.
Suddenly the treadmill stopped - that is that sudden dip on the graph.
Dead, nothing, nada, finito.
I attempted to restart it, nothing.
Then I noticed the emergency stop magnet had shifted off the the e-stop and that the e-stop worked just fine.
Oh well, shit happens.
Once I figured that out, I got the treadmill going again and was running back at speed. I was feeling pretty good, so I kept increasing the speed and did pretty good on the last mile (once I got the treadmill going again).
So it was a pretty good day for working out, between the snow removal and the treadmill I got in my share of exercise.
Unfortunately, I also made up for it with how much I ate. This is something that I really need to work on - portion control. What I eat is generally pretty good, but over the last week, I have noticed that my portions are more in line with how much I used to eat, when I was a high schooler who was doing both J.V. and Varsity Basketball practices almost every day.
Not good for a guy who is a lot closer to 60 than he admits sometimes. It is something that I have to get back under control, before I start to gain too many pounds.
Now to just do it.
I thought that this picture really showed the differences a day makes.
How is the shoulder? Not bad, yeah it is sore and probably will be for a few days, but it isn't anything serious, so that is a relief. It is a pain that I am familiar with and have a pretty good idea about what needs to be done. Phew that was a close one.