The show sent me online to see just how long this exile is expected to continue. I'm starting to get antsy. Could be from regularly writing on this running blog without actually running. I found an article written by the same medical team now treating me here in San Diego. In the rehab section was this (with my added emphasis):
As the patient’s pain decreases, gradually increase from non-weight bearing to touchdown weight bearing to partial weight bearing and eventual discontinuation of crutches. This usually takes 4-6 weeks. Coordinate rehabilitation with orthopedics for patients with hips that have surgical pinning. After the patient is able to walk 1.5 miles without pain (usually in 8-12 weeks, but sometimes longer), begin a gradual return to a running program. Usually, it takes approximately 2.5 months to be able to run 3 miles pain free. If pain returns during rehabilitation, decrease the patient's activity until walking is pain free again.
So hours later, we're now watching pre-season football on TV. New England vs. Atlanta. I don't know about anyone else, but tonight I'm going for a touchdown.