We need to catch-up. These last two weeks have been busy. Very busy. Busy to the extent that my current set-up under the covers typing away on my laptop with no looming hours of revision to come seems very out of the ordinary. But it hasn’t been a bad busy- okay so there may have been tears, and more tears… but now it’s all smiles. I promise!
We’ll begin with the foot.
16 days ago I was extremely worried about the foot. It just seemed like it hadn’t really improved since getting the boot off (which of course it had, but I was feeling very emotional at this stage!). So at the three month mark when I was supposed to start running again, I set off to Hastings for a quick X-Ray just to be on the safe side, because one thing I’ve learned from injuries is that it’s always better to be on the safe side. Thinking that my previous ordeals with the NHS were over, I was optimistic about popping in early and finding out the results. However, as I have ‘explained’ (ranted) in a rather angry Instagram post, the day turned into a series of unfortunate events…Well the problems weren’t quite as devastating in the book, but I was reasonably vexed by the end of the day.
To put it shortly, the doctor forgot to sign the X-Ray form, meaning it couldn’t be classified as a ‘legal document’- or in other words, I had to wait another 40 minutes for a new one to be faxed through. However my efforts weren’t all wasted because I did get the X-Ray, although I was informed the results wouldn’t come through for another two weeks at very least. Slightly irritating. But mildly understandable.
On the other hand what is not understandable in any way, shape or form is the reason why my doctor sent me to a ‘back and neck physio’ to see someone about my foot later that afternoon. And I only found out after the 1 hour commute to get there!
But let’s move onto happier news…. The fact that I’m now seeing a friend of a friend who is a specialist in the matter and I have been given a proper programme. I’ll just repeat that, I’ve been given a proper programme. No longer do I have to randomly make up my own recovery and hope for the best- I just have to follow it. Simple. Apparently I should have kept the boot on for more than 3 weeks, and should also have been given foot exercises to re-strengthen the muscle…why the guy from fracture clinic didn’t tell me this I just don’t know!
Surprisingly, there are other areas of my life that don’t revolve around the recovery of my foot. To be specific, I’m talking about school and exams and revision and note-writing and learning quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird and attempting to understand the centripetal force. Yes, I started study leave on Friday for GCSEs and have since been forced into this strange state of holiday-school limbo with all the comforts of being at home but still working more hours than I ever would at school…And there’s also the fact that exams are looming.
But I actually prefer it, just because it feels like I’m making progress and getting the revision done. My first one (French) is on Tuesday, and I’m going with the technique of spending a whole day re-caping a subject the day before the exam. I started revision in the Easter holidays and so am now very, very excited to finish on the 19th June. One thing I’m really looking forward to is swimming at off-peak times. I honestly don’t think I can endure many more shrieking, snotty children clogging up the shallow end.
Talking of children…
I’m very pleased to say that come October we will be welcoming a new member to the family. Mum is having a baby! We’re undecided on the names yet, but we will definitely be buying this costume for her/him to walk around in.
And a few more things.
Today marks a very important day for me… It’s my first day at work. Every weekend I’ll be clearing and serving at a forest cafe, and I couldn’t be happier to start saving up for driving lessons. I just need to make sure not to spend it: it’s going to be a long summer and there many things that I would like to buy in the meantime!
Recently, I’ve been trialling having a protein shake immediately after finishing my aqua-jog/ swim in an effort to improve recovery rates. This is a fairly new thing for me so I’m unsure of the beneficial effects yet, but what I can say is that they taste amazing! I will being doing a huuuuge protein round up in 3 or 4 weeks time with everything you need to know.
And to finish, I was over the moon to be featured in this month’s RunABC again, and also for mum to treat me to a new pair of trainers. I do feel slightly guilty when wearing the Pegasus 33’s since I’ve always been an Adidas supporter…yet the Nike trainers are so comfy it doesn’t matter!
What’s in Store?
Last week’s break from blogging was very much needed. Everything was getting on top on me, and the effects were definitely showing- I lost my whole pencil case, a pair of google and my school bag (but thankfully re-found that one). However it is great to be back- I have missed it! In the next month or so you’ll hopefully be seeing a new athlete of the month, more workouts, another Girls Active post, a couple of reviews, and the usual weekly recaps. And as for the newsletter, I fully admit that my weekly emails have slipped to the bottom of my priority list… but I promise to bump them back up once exams are finished!
I hope you’re all well and happy- summer is so so close now!