Despite sleeping during the afternoon, I still fall asleep straight away when I went to bed, Saturday evening. I must have been more tired than I thought. Nevertheless, when I got up this morning, other than a little bit of stiffness in both calf muscles, from the stairs yesterday, there was no ill effects, not even in my sore Achilles tendon. I call that a result. Yes! Jatbula Trail here I come. So 19 weeks after surgery and 13 weeks after weight bearing, a reasonably fit 60-year-old person should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack over an undulating walk of 10 km. This walk can have some steep pitches, both up and down, in it. The walk should be achievement without any serious pain or stress. The only significant factor is stepping down hill on your good leg. I still find this difficult because of the brace and weight-bearing required of my bad leg. This is just residual muscle weakness and I think it will pass. Another good swim today- water warm, Jimbals everywhere. Despite Vaseline smeared across my upper body, got whipped across the left shoulder. Big red welt when I got out. While they are plentiful, they are not painful this year. As Jimbals go, they are big-girl’s -blouses. Get some serious Jimbals back at Balmoral and make it interesting. These are Pussy ones – no pain, no contest. I came 15th. Tony Arena then suggested we jog back to the clubhouse, along the beach, from the island. Although a distance of only 100 m, it proved difficult to do. Because my right leg is not strong enough yet, I tended to jog with it straight, rather than bent. I was sort of hopping rather then jogging, but it didn’t hurt. I have no particular need to force the pace with running as this is not part of my exercise program or plans. It is now a little more than three months since weight-bearing and I presume that people who enjoy running would, or should, be asking their physiotherapist and surgeon whether they can begin to jog again. It may be possible, but I think there is probably a huge gap between running and carrying a backpack on a long hike. This is one for specialist help only and probably a surgeon should have the final say. The motion of running with the femur pounding into the tibial plateau on each stride, could do all sorts of mischief to the meniscus, the articular cartilage or even the plate and screws. I’m lucky I have swimming to keep fit. It seems a less risky option than running to me.