Well finally, here it is, the blog I've been dying to write for 6 weeks 6 days and 16 hours.
A massive thank you to all my running and non running chums who have kept me going over the last few weeks. I hope I never ever have to return the favour.
Like learning to walk, those first running steps were amazing, dizzy, emotional. This was a run I have appreciated more than any other I've done, and I will remember I think forever.
It felt very strange at first, like my body didn't know what to do. My feet were flat, my legs were stiff and I was very very unsure it would work. But then everything started moving and I knew it was going to be okay. What was brilliant that I had a little try at Chi running and .... it works! I've been thinking about it and listening to it for a few weeks and even though only had a little go, I could feel the difference.
I am going to enjoy the return to running. I am going to savour the gradual build up like drinking a very fine wine or a gourmet meal. Every step, every second is going to be experienced and enjoyed. I will be slow and focussed and strong. I will remember how lucky I am to be able to do it.
I have as long as I want to do build up the speed and distance and that feels good. I am so glad I'm not rushing to do a marathon. My calf muscle will be my guide back to my running form and I will forever remember it when I run. I plan to check in regularly and see how me and that calf muscle are doing. I will think of a name for it. Rowena suggested a tattoo, I think it might be a mental one!
For now I just want to run forever and never ever be injured again. I don't care if I run a marathon. I am a grateful humble runner. If I can stay like this I will be fine.
The wait is over. I ran. I run. I am.
Take care, run safe.