Rehab nearly complete

March 11, 2011

Faith Outdoors

As I sat in a chair during my physical therapy session this morning, I announced to my therapist that I wanted to get back out onto the pavement April 1. I have been working toward rehabilitating my severely sprained ankle, and I want to resume my walking and running routine.

He agreed, and minutes later, I got on the treadmill to help prepare me for my upcoming return to the outdoors. Things are going well and my left ankle is healing nicely. I can’t wait to get out there. At the same time, I’m not interested in trying to navigate the icy conditions that occur in March.

Actually, that’s when a lot of falls and injuries happen. After a long, cold winter, people are eager to get back outside. But, the thaw that creates puddles during the daytime quickly vanishes at night, leaving a thin coating of treacherous ice at daybreak.

That’s why I’m waiting ’til April. I’d like to start out on dry pavement. I know there’s a lot of snow to melt before then, but with the sun higher in the sky and the days getting longer, it won’t take long to shrink the snowpack if we get a decent warmup.

That’s exactly in the forecast for next week. And, this is definitely a case where I’m hoping the meteorologists are right. I want to get my body back in shape. I’ve been away from my exercise routine for more than two months, and it’s  time to get back out there.

Bring on spring!

About Dave Hrbacek

Staff photographer and writer for The Catholic Spirit. Also, avid outdoors enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing and photography. Married to Julie and have four children, three boys and a girl.

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