Well, at long last, my mojo seems to have made a reappearance! I made it to the gym tonight after work – yay!!
Ok, so I was not breaking any records on the treadmill, but still, I managed 3 miles at a reasonably brisk pace. What is it they say about small steps and learning to walk before you can run? Rather apt really!
So a small triumph in my book. Lets just hope that I’m still as enthusiastic tomorrow after my acupuncture session. Now there’s a thing, I haven’t mentioned that…. hmm. One for another post I think!
The downside about being a lone female business traveller is that unlike men, we don’t tend to go to the bar for a drink before dinner. Rather, we sit in our hotel room and order room service. None of this is good for my continued lack of training.
So much for the Jessie Pavelka program changing my ways – as suspected, nothing has changed. Nothing at all!
So, as I sit in the business class lounge of the hotel I am staying in (oh yes – I was brave and ventured out the room!), I beat myself up about the fact that I should in fact be in the gym! Business travel – not good for the soul. Well, not mine anyway!
It was with great trepidation that I went to hospital today to attend my orthopaedic out patients appointment. I’ve had a problem with my right great toe joint for over 3 years now and have tried various solutions – ignoring it, pain killers, podiatrists etc. etc. (all to no avail).
The news was kind of what I expected given what my podiatrist had told me. The only solution to my problem is surgery. It was confirmed today that at 39 years old, I have osteoarthritis.
So, the decision… Surgery is likely to be September, subject to an MRI to confirm damage to the joint. After surgery I will be in plaster for 6 weeks. So, do I go ahead and train until date of surgery, hope that recovery isn’t too bad and do Dopey regardless? Or do I delay surgery until after Dopey?
Well, on January 9, 2014 my husband (Jim) and I will be running our first ever Dopey Challenge. This is Disney’s latest event at Walt Disney World in Florida. It consists of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon on consecutive days, starting on January 9.
Now it has to be said, that I am, by no means, what you would call a runner! Far from it. I more likely fall into the slightly overweight, sedentary office worker category!
It just so happened that I was browsing through Facebook of a Friday evening (as you do) and came across runDisney’s latest post – “New Event at Walt Disney World”. “Hmm, what could that be”, I thought to myself. On further investigation it was clear that this was a challenge like no other – or certainly no other that I’ve ever considered!
“Fancy doing this” I said to Jim, passing him my iPad. “That would be great” he said in reply. Inwardly I groaned. What had I done????
So, on April 9, I sat at my desk, counting down the hours until entry for the challenge opened. 12noon US time, 5pm here in the UK. With more than a little trepidation, I signed us both up.
It’s now June, and I have started my training – oh yes, I have started already (remember the sedentary office worker part?!). I’ll share with you the highs and lows of my weekly schedule and look forward to any comments/tips/support from those who decide to follow me – let’s face it, I’m going to need all the help I can get!!!