It’s been a funny week.
I started the week with an optimistic outlook. My parkrun the previous Saturday had given me great hope that I was finally ready to get back to running, and this was boosted by my short run on Tuesday.
My orthopaedic appointment on Wednesday scared me. I was worried that the outcome would mean a even longer recovery period.
There was no need to worry, however, as the appointment was disappointing. I had hoped for direction but left with nothing.
What do I do now? Wait for the ultra-sound? Dwell on the lack of clarity? Or pick myself up and move on with my own plan?
Motivation and self-belief
Knowledge is power.
I may not be an orthopaedic consultant but this is my body and ultimately my responsibility. I have learnt a lot from my physio, he was brilliant. He didn’t just focus on the injury, he looked at the whole me and my goals. The advice he gave made perfect sense. He has given me an understanding of why strength training is important, why rest days are important, and what I need to do to protect against further injury.
I can use this knowledge to guide my return to running. I can do this.
Having considered all the factors I’ve made the decision to take part in the last two Borders League races. This is an inter-club competition for running clubs from North Wales and those close to the border. The first race was the day after I tore my calf muscle, today is race six of seven. The races are hosted by different clubs, each one is run in a different location and are about 5-6 miles.
I hope to take part in them all next year.
To reach 50 parkruns by year end
To reach 25 volunteer credits by year end
To run 10 different courses in 2019
Courses (2019): 2
Have a great week!