Hello old friend, I have missed you.
It’s been such a long time since my last post, and looking back I can see that back in August I was in the height of enjoying the summer running! Well quite a lot has changed since then and I can safely say there has been very little to do with my favourite hobby!
In September I was told that I would need quite major surgery to correct a bunion deformity on my right foot; a process which would entail having bones in my foot broken, realigned and held back together with screws and metal work (not for the faint hearted!). I would be on crutches for at least 8 weeks not able to move around very easily. Thankfully this was not a surgery bought on by running but caused by a case of bad foot genes (cheers for that parents!). Up until recently I had gone through life relatively pain free with it but over the last few years it had got significantly worse, so I thought it was best I get it sorted early on. Faced with the prospect of putting life on hold for a while was hard enough, but how was I going to cope with not running for at least 5 months, when the previous 18 months had me being able to run weekly?!
To my surprise I had my surgery at the beginning of November and am now well into the new year and on my way to resuming normal life, so thought it was about time to revive my blog with a post about what you can busy yourself with when you’re not busy running!
So this is the most obvious one and I have to say I have been very lucky in this aspect of things. Although 10 weeks on crutches has been quite a struggle, my foot could not have healed any better and faster so far which I am so thankful of. All I can say is thank God for pain medication, mine was absolutely spot on and really helped me to get through the first three weeks following my op. I also had quite an impressive scar to show but as time goes on, it seems to be fading a little more each week and my foots edging closer to look like nothing ever happened there!
This was a very timely hobby to take up as the weather began to get chillier and Christmas drew closer. Never having the patience for arts and crafts, I wasn’t sure how successful I would be at sticking it out but I actually picked it up really quickly and became quite addicted. Starting with chunky knits, I then braved a smaller needle as my confidence grew. There were, however no surprises at Christmas when it came to giving out padded looking wrapped presents to my friends and family…
This was another unexpected hobby which I will forever sing praises about. Before I left work to have my op my colleagues very kindly clubbed together a hamper of boredom busters, which included a large pack of Crayola felt tip pens and a colouring book. I can honestly say that it is one of the most therapeutic exercises I have done and just an hour of colouring in a day would bring a sense of calmness and wellbeing… or maybe that was the codeine?!
Having realised that I haven’t actually left the country for nearly three years, I decided that it was time to set a goal to travel and experience more this year. Although this may have been very dangerous to both my bank account and my credit card, I figured it would be great to have things to look forward to (other than declaring bankruptcy). Here’s what I have planned so far:
- Paris– The city break with fellow LFRs to provide moral support to the Paris Marathon runners.
- Kenya– The life changer to spend two weeks building a women’s refuge.
- UK– The weekend breaks exploring parts of the country on our doorstep and seeing friends/family.
- Croatia– The sun holiday with the girls which is in development stages.
The journey back to running is slow but is definitely getting closer as I am gradually able to increase my exercise as the foot gets stronger. I am really enjoying swimming and being back in the gym doing non impact activity (especially when rewarded with a sauna). Although my brain is ready to leap back into full stride, my foot brings me back to reality and tells me when to calm down by swelling/ aching. There is a part of me that is really enjoying the break from running; the tight muscles, aches and niggles, and hopefully by the time I’m ready to get back, I’ll have learnt to appreciate it that little bit more.
Watch this space.