In a last minute push, I managed to get back into the gym. I've only gone one day so far, but I went back. I tried not to push too much because I didn't want to cause issue with my muscle injury. For a few days afterwards it was a little touch and go. The heating pad was my best friend. Then I took one of my prescription anti-inflammatories, went to bed and woke up the next morning completely pain free. And for 2 days now, I haven't even had the typical constant ache. I'm hoping it lasts.
I haven't been able to do much actual hiking. September came and my world exploded with school meetings and scout meetings and popcorn meetings... I did have my grandson visiting for a weekend and we managed to take him to the Battlefield for a short hike. No doubt he loves the outdoors and hiking, but he just runs with no sense of potential pitfalls. Luckily he had his uncle there to help him along.
Just need a few more things to round out my gear and figure out meals and I'm good to go!