Late, late, late (like 2:00) lunch: A big ol’ salad with Romaine, cucumber, tomato, avocado and olive oil; chicken-apple sausage on the side. I also had two dates + a little square of dark chocolate for dessert.

Side note: I make HUGE salads — I know it’s hard to tell, but that is a mixing bowl. Trust me, when you throw a bunch of stuff into a bowl that size, it’ll fill you up!

Physical therapy: It was good! I’ve been really babying my ankle because I’m so afraid I’ll reinjure it, but the PT (best name ever: PJ McCracken) just went nuts on it.

She stretched it this way and that quite forcefully, pushed on various points as I did several squats, massaged my Achilles to loosen it up, etc. It didn’t hurt so much as it felt strange, like I could feel my ligaments stretching, which they need to do. Oh, except for that one time I involuntarily said the f-word because it really did hurt for a hot second.

I came home with a resistance band to do home exercises that’ll help strengthen my ankle muscles, and I have appointments set up twice a week for three weeks. The PT said once I have no pain or swelling for two weeks, then I can start running again! She has a training plan to ease me back into it, which I imagine might be similar to Couch to 5K.

I plan to make those home exercises my bitch. I’m going to be the valedictorian of physical therapy!

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