Okay; so I was due to do a 25-minute brisk walk each of the Sundays I was away. No problem. In fact, we walked a good deal on the island where we holidayed, much of it on steep and rocky slopes. So I fulfilled that requirement.
On the Wednesdays, I was expected to do a mix of alternate running and walking, and I managed the first of these sessions quite easily, using the stony and sloping drive that led from the main road to the hotel. The second attempt never materialised as I managed to rick my back, again! However, I made up for that lack by swimming. Each day that we spent by the pool I made sure I completed at least 30 lengths. That was possible, as the water supported my weight.
The Friday sessions were supposed to be specific distances, but, since my back was not up to such activity, I didn’t manage either of these. I did, however, swim in the pool and in the Med on a number of occasions, so I kept up the necessary activity at least.
Now back in England, I called the doctor’s surgery this morning to learn the outcome of my x-ray and discovered that the results were ‘within the normal parameters’, whatever that might actually mean. But, at least, there appears to be no specific damage. I’m due to see a physiotherapist early in August, so I’ll continue with the exercises I’ve been doing until I receive more specific advice from that expert.
And, now back at home and sleeping in my own bed, I expect my back will settle down again. We’ll see what Wednesday brings, when I’m required to do 6 sessions of 3 minutes running and 2 minutes walking.
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