I don’t believe in miracles…

But if I did, I’d tell you someone up there is looking out for me.

Today I had a roundup appointment at the fracture clinic. Hold your horses people. The results are in:

NO FRACTURE

NO TORN LIGAMENTS

NO SURGERY NEEDED

!!!

Excuse me while I throw myself a mini dance party! (Just kidding, I can’t dance RN – but still, lets take a moment to be grateful).

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Okay.

Now that’s all over, what does this mean for me? Well here’s the basics. It’s a really, truly horrific ankle sprain, but there’s no torn ligament and no breaks. Not a whistle. I’ve done some pretty bad damage, and it’s gonna take a long time to heal. I’m on a rehab programme that will have me gradually returning to walking over the next three weeks, and combining in swimming, cycling, yoga, pilates and strength training.

The main takeaway is I won’t be back to running at 100% for 4-6 months. That’s pretty crap. However, the physio has told me that this is a very conservative estimate, and that I may be able to run carefully and tentatively in around 12 weeks; it’ll just take me longer to get back to where I used to be.

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Just for clarity, this is where I’d like to be! 

I could get angry and frustrated that I’ll lose fitness, or that I was hitting some really good training paces just before the fall that ended it all. But really, is that gonna do me any good? I’m all for moaning and getting frustrated and rallying against the universe, but honestly it’s in my best interests to be positive right now. I have two (almost) working legs; the rest of my body is healthy (touch wood), and the news I got today was pretty much the best way to ring in the new year.

That’s where I’m at, folks!

Please send positive vibes my way! 

Lots of love,

Pippa

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38 thoughts on “I don’t believe in miracles…

  1. Happy for your good news! That’s tough about not being able to run so long and losing fitness. But, I took some time off this past fall (granted, not that much, but still about 7 weeks all told), and I’ve learned to look at it this way: it’s kind of like giving myself a do-over. By starting almost from scratch again, I have the chance to unlearn some bad habits I picked up and re-train myself with better ones. By not wearing my watch or giving two hoots about pace, I’m re-training myself to run by effort and take my easy runs truly easy. The lack of speed work or a looming goal race allows me to focus instead on things that get neglected in training when I’m only focused on pace – like practicing good form, improving my heart rate, and tuning into my body’s signals.

    So, look at it as an opportunity. If you’re going to have to relearn to run, at least you have the chance to relearn it good habits along with it.

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  2. That’s great news 🙂 I know six months seems like a long time but look at it this way… There’s a future you six months from now looking back at this blog post and remembering how you feel. And that future you is just fine and killing it at running 🙂 That’s going to be you. Just keep moving forwards and you’ll get there 🙂

    Sorry if that sounds lame and cheesy – I’m afraid that’s the best I can do 😄

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  3. Wow that’s great. I know it’s frustrating to have the time off running, but believe me when I say that you can come back stronger. Do whatever you can to keep your fitness up, do some strength work and follow your rehab plan TO THE LETTER. The time off will fly by and soon you’ll be practically throwing a party at being able to go for the shortest run ever!

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  4. Ahhh!!!!!!!! We are in the same boat! So happy it’s nothing major but I so (physically) feel your pain. It’s so frustrating to be in this pain yet reassuring it’s not a stress fracture or break. Take care of yourself and follow your plan.

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    1. I’m so relieved its not a break. They checked my ankle, my foot and my shin just to be safe- they said it’s a small miracle nothing’s broken given how far I fell! The frustrating thing is getting to rehab now; one of my exercises is (literally) learning to stand on one leg again, whilst holding onto something. Talk about a step back!

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  5. YAY! I’m glad you’re looking at this as good news and feeling positive. Getting angry at the universe when we’re injured definitely feels good, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. It’s always inspiring to hear athletes take on a positive mindset when they’re sidelined. Sending LOTS of positive vibes your way and wishing you a very speedy recovery!

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  6. Hello Pippa!
    Sooner or later everything is going to be alright again and then you will rise like a phoenix. No worries, at some points in life there are just a few obstacles that need to be overcome. See it as another challenge, nothing more, nothing less. No reason to be sad. These things happen but they also dissapear again. Now it is your job to work for that! You can do it, I am convinced of that. Meanwhile, I have something to hopefully cheer you up. 🙂 Since I couldn’t run the Gloucester City Marathon in 2016 because I was injured (oh yeah, THAT happens 🙂 ), I now have a registration for this run in 2017. It is on Sunday, 6th of August. As chances are very close to zero that I will be in England again at that time, I am offering to transfer my registration to you now. I don’t know if you are registered at http://www.active.com but that needs to be done if you want this free run. Anyway, let me know if you’re interested. And please say Hello to London. I lived right east of it for a few months in the last year and loved every trip to that great city. Take care and get well soon!

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