|The view from where I parked looking south.|
I used spruce cones for counters.
Yes, I know the doc said to start with 10 minutes of walking. I was never more than 400 feet from the minivan and it took about 7 minutes for each leg which works out to a whopping 1.25 mph.
So, I walked seven minutes using the cane and then assessed how I felt. Then I walked another seven minutes and so on and so forth.
After four round-trips, my right hand was cramping on the cane so I started the fourth leg carrying the cane for balance. I was able to walk the entire 800 feet without using the cane. Then two more legs with the cane and I finished the set walking the last 800 feet without the cane.
Then, at 3:30 I wheedled and sweet-talked the ever-willing Mrs ERJ into going for a walk. We walked a half-mile on grass. I wanted some exposure to some uneven surface.
Did I over do-it?
Maybe. Maybe not. I was paying attention to how my body felt. I was adjusting my gait as I took in information. While walking on the pavement I felt better the longer I walked (with the exception of the cramping hand).
That is one of the bonuses of having been a runner. A mediocre runner but a runner none-the-less. I adjust on-the-fly as a matter of course.
I expect to feel a little bit rough on Sunday morning but expect to do it again on Monday.