I will be too busy to write a monthly recap post, so let’s just dig into how fabulous September has been, before it’s over.
This month I got back to walking, after a very miserable spring and summer. I started weaning off the CAM boot in late July, and this has been a SLOW an hard journey. The first week I wondered if I’d ever walk normally again! But I have a brilliant physiotherapist and in recent weeks I’ve had a quite intense program to work on strength, balance and stability. I spend at least an hour a day on physiotherapy, but I don’t mind – if I slack with that, then progress will slack too, right? And I want to get back to walking 10k on the weekend without second thoughts.
I get a number of exercises from my physiotherapist and I get other exercises from my personal trainer in the gym. Everything is going well and on the first Saturday of September, I went for a walk for the first time in months.
Not that it was a proper walk, lol. Walking was still hard, I felt unstable and had to focus on at least looking like I could walk properly. (Of course I didn’t)
Going for walks with the camera was the norm before my injury. I’m not a pro-level photographer (whatever that means anyway) but I love using my camera and exploring what I can do with it., and I love to capture moments, places, things I find beautiful, fascinating, or otherwise interesting.
So even if my walking was subpar and I could barely walk around town, I still brought the camera and took some photos.
The weekend after, I went to a nearby village to try to take photos for a camera club project – which I failed with, but it was a lovely warm day and I had a good time enjoying myself with the camera. At this point I had walked maybe 1 km without major problems, and the plan was to increase the distance gradually.
But I was in this beautiful place and ended up walking 2.1 km. My feet felt like somebody hit them with a sledgehammer, but it was a lovely walk and I regret nothing!
Walking improved quite fast after this. I started the routine to walk in town before the gym, and quite soon did 2 km pain free. The week after, those 2 km were 3 km. Not really a gradual increase, but… that’s how it happened!
I avoided walking around home for a long time, because of all the hills. But I realised that there is a nice route that is somewhat flat if you turn back in the right place. I used to run along this road before the injury and it was lovely to be back, although this is just a small part of the route.
And I had some cheerleaders along the way!
From tomorrow, I’ll be busy with family visiting so I suspect there won’t be much blogging done for a while. But perhaps I’ll throw in a few photos if we go for a nice road trip. We’ll see! Otherwise I’ll catch up later. Hope you’re all doing well!
I’m sharing this with the lovely people at Denyse’s Words and Pics.