Half-awake, half-asleep, my mind runs through a slideshow of possibilities:
a c-shaped running blade, a mud run, an obstacle course. I bounce through it all -- fast and agile -- like an American Ninja Warrior.
Grumpy already, I head off to work.
“When are you getting your real leg back?” she asks.
At least I look like a RUNNER!
|Who needs bright shoes?|
Jen had a better idea!
I can't run in the traditional sense, but as the week unfolds, I do get some "running" in.
First, I RUN errands with friend and fellow amputee Jen. The supermarket aisles become our training ground, complete with u-turns, weight shifts, and long reaches for potato chips. A walking adventure can happen anywhere!
|Call it boot camp...|
Prosthetically speaking, the last few weeks have been a pretty TOUGH RUN.
But for all its trouble, Tim says this new socket is the key to moving forward. Running is high impact, and the silicone liner will protect my leg better than my old socket. It's like driving a car with better shocks.
So far, however, it's only made me feel like RUNNING AWAY. I'll concede it's a work in progress.
One evening before I take off my socket, I sneak a look back at the 5 components of running I learned at the CAF running clinic last year.
I fire muscles. Count steps. Try to find some kind of rhythm in the clatter. I stumble but stay on my feet. The Genium's not made for running, but it keeps me off the ground!
Whatever it is, it's a baseline to build on --
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