Raking Leaves and Body Aches

I finally got around to raking up the rest of the leaves today.  It was a nice  65 or so out, which is quite warm for Mid November.  I was actually sweating  as I was out there loading up pile afer pile onto the tarp.  I had originally raked on Veterans Day as that was nice as well, but did not bring any to the roadside so that our town may pick them up.  At least they and others in the community will be able to benefit from my hard work when they decompose and can be spread as compost  elsewhere.

It was good that I had a few days in between work efforts as the muscles were feeling odd from exertion of the previous day.  I had broken a rib and had muscle damage in my back during this past spring and it seems to still not be 100% healed.  As I get older the healing process is starting to lag behind.  This goes along with the bottom  of my heel that been aching and giving me problems lately.   Perhaps it is time for a new pair of shoes to compensate for this as I stand on my feet most of the day teaching science at Solvay High School.

The pain I have felt is more that worth it for being able to be outside and enjoy the weather.  It will soon be turning into weather that I do not really care for at all, SNOW, which seems to last much too long in upstate central New York.  As a lacrosse coach, I want to be able to get on the field as quickly as possible and not have to practice in the gym or on a parking lot, so I am always hoping for better weather.

As I do look ahead towards the next better season in the spring of 2010, the ache I feel in my right shoulder and back, is a great reminder that the work I did these past couple days is reason enough to get back into shape physically.  Whether it will be shoveling for the next couple of months or repetitive emotion of throwing a lacrosse ball, a lot of stress will be put onto the same body parts.  It’s time for me to get these body parts back into gear.  If anything, they will help me keep up with our 3 little girls who have us running around all over the place

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