Recently we have seen a whole multitude of blog types on TeenRunner- the athlete questions, the girls active, and the guest bloggers. But this past week I found myself updating some previous posts from right back when I first started, and this opened my eyes to something that’s really important to me.
I love writing about all these different campaigns and featuring other athletes, but I initially created this blog because I enjoyed documenting my training and just general life. And sometimes I feel like I’ve slightly lost this purpose. This is partly due to my injury. I used to love posting about what last night’s training entailed, but now I worry that it’ll become exceedingly boring for you guys- cross training is rather dull and I don’t want to burden you with details of that.
The problem is that things haven’t changed much for me. A few of you might have seen on Instagram, but I’ll explain the somewhat disappointing news briefly. Over these past few weeks, I had ever so slowly been building up my running. The first week entailed no more than one minute reps at a time, the second involved 2 minute jogs and so on. With the aid of professional advice, I thought it was going really well…until I kept feeling persistent pains all over the injured foot.
One week later and the podiatrist spent 30 minutes checking all of my foot. No ligament or any other problems surfaced- I began to get my hopes up. Just as I was ready to break into a smile, he tried the ultrasound test. I was informed that ultrasound pulses will only hurt if there is a crack or bone sensitivity in the area. After 15 seconds it began to hurt.
The thing is, no one that I’ve seen can work out why there is still a problem there. The pain I had been getting in other areas of my foot was either due to it being transferred away from the fracture site, or possibly because I was unconsciously placing my foot differently. I’ve been following all the training plans, have been extra extra cautious, and have been eating a ton of food to help it heal. As well as all my supplements from the last post of course. As expected, I was (and still am to some extend) really upset… mainly because I thought I was on the slow but sure road back to full time training.
However, we are sorting it. I’ve been advised that this could just be a short term flare up that will heal within a couple of weeks, and thankfully we have finally managed to force the doctor into booking an MRI and consultant appointment. All the people who I have previously seen agree that the injury should have healed months ago, so it’s definitely worth getting this check out. It has been the hardest 6 months of my life (coupled with GCSEs), and I am now ready to get this sorted for good. Until the appointment (hopefully they will be able to find one as soon as possible), I’m back to basic cross training. Swimming, aqua-jogging and biking. Here’s how this week has panned out.
On Monday I set out for run with high hopes. By this point I had increased it to 12 minutes (with breaks of course). Unfortunately the pain from last run returned and knowing that I had the podiatrist appointment the next day, I didn’t want to do any further damage. I stopped early and after a day of lounging the sun reading Harry Potter, I filmed a workout video for you in the evening which I later posted to Instagram.
The trip to the clinic in the morning (courtesy of my grandparents) definitely dampened my spirits, but I was fortunately able to be dropped off at the cleaner and generally nicer pool that usual for a pool session. This usually involves a 15 minute warm up swim, around 25 minutes of aqua jogging at various effort levels, and then a 10 minute pull buoy warm down.
Waiting for the train back home I found it hilarious that the man who I was sitting next to on the platform was doing the exact same thing as I was. We both sat down at the same time, took out our meal deals (same filling of sandwich!) and then proceeded to munch whilst checking our phones before boarding the train. Sounds a bit creepy I know but don’t worry I checked: he got his sandwich from Sainsburies whereas mine was from Tesco, definite proof that he hadn’t been following me.
I popped down to the normal gym in the morning to use their spin bikes instead of my usual turbo trainer which I would have had to have used in the shed due to the heavy rain. This was less beneficial than I had thought since the seat was positioned on a downward gradient so the 30 minute easy spin turned into a partial arm session as I had to stop myself from slipping down. The AC was also on a very low setting so by the end I really did look like I had been out for a run in the rain (one can only hope!).
Back to the pool. Same sessions as Tuesday. Motivation slowly began to return.
Rest day Friday involved a rather depressing day of doing basically nothing. After I had finished my work, I just didn’t know what to do and ended up reading a fair bit. It’s been hard this week because my mum and brother are still at school (as a teacher and student!), and Nigel has been working full time so I’ve only had the dogs for company.
This was a much more exciting day. I woke up at 6am to get my 30 min steady turbo and core circuit in before showering and getting ready for Speech Day. This didn’t go quite to plan as I was unable to find my school shoes, and I also forgot to keep note of the time…this lead to me turning up late, having to walk in through the middle of the speeches, and then go up to collect my books in my Nikes. Mum was not happy. At all.
Today! I’ve spent the morning lounging in bed and writing this post because I didn’t sleep well at all last night. I’ve got a 50min swim planned for later but the pool is so busy at the weekend that I can only get a half decent session in if I go during the lane swim which runs from 12.30 to 1.30pm. This is possibly the most irritating time to cater for because if I have lunch before I often get a stitch (I didn’t even know that was possible when swimming until a month ago), and if I eat lunch after I always get hungry during the last part of the swim no matter how many snacks I eat beforehand.
Earlier I mentioned ‘work’. I’m (not very) sad to say that I ended up leaving my cafe job due to a number of reasons, but I am now helping out my step dad Nigel. I am the ‘social media marketer’ for his recruitment company, and we have both been planning the strategy non-stop over these past few weeks. I have actually really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to putting some of it into action over the next few weeks.
A Week on Tuesday
I’ve been extremely lucky this year to travel away twice. My dad is taking my brother and I to Crete for a week in the sun. I was really hoping to be running by this point, but instead I shall be packing in lots of open water swimming and biking. Luckily my dad also owns a GoPro through work which he is letting me take…look forward to a vlog about the holiday when I return, and also a blog about my triathlon training.
I hope you have all had a lovely week 🙂
PS. Here is the post that I was updating the SEO on that made me think about writing this one! TAC Tuesday: Pump House Reps.