Camera walks

Camera walks are back

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.

One of the most photogenic pubs in town, and a lovely music venue
These lads saw me with the camera and were happy to pose!

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.

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21 responses to “Camera walks are back”

  1. Leanne | avatar

    Hi Susanne – I hope the visit with family goes well and that you don’t over-do the walking while they’re with you. I know what it’s like to have to get your walking style back to normal and what a sense of achievement it is when you do – so I’m cheering you on with the cows! When I was doing physiotherapy for my hip, there was a woman doing it for her ankle that she’d injured playing beach volley ball – it was a very complex process getting the weight bearing and range of motion back – much more difficult than strengthening up my hip.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Overdoing the walking is a valid point – the time I suddenly walked 3 km was when I walked a friend. It’s so easy to walk too far when you chat away and don’t even think of the distance.
      Before starting rehab, I was always thinking that a broken ankle would be so much more difficult to get back from than what I had. But the metatarsals are important weight-bearing bones, and there are lots of small joints in the foot that need to work with them, and now that I’m aware of how complex everything in the foot is, it seems like a miracle that it can function. That certainly doesn’t make rehab easy!

      The loss of range of motion was something I never thought would be such an issue. Stiff ankles was one of the biggest problems with walking when I started going out for walks. And stiff achy toe joints is still a major problem!

  2. Debbie Harris avatar

    Wow your photos show a beautiful countryside Susanne, that pub is fabulous! Your walking sounds like its going OK and as long as you don’t overdo it, you’re on the way back!! Enjoy your visitors 🙂

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks Debbie! I agree that this pub is fabulous, it’s an old traditiinal Irish pub and the inside is even better.
      Walking is definitely going ok and I do my best to keep the distances at reasonable levels! 😊

  3. Joanne avatar

    You got some really lovely photos on your walks and it is so good to hear how well you are progressing!!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thanks, Joanne!

  4. Vanessa avatar

    Back when I could go for walks, I think some of the most enjoyable parts were the random photos and things I’d notice along the way. Sometimes it’s the perspective shift from driving to walking that helps you notice things.

    1. Susanne avatar

      That’s the best part of walks with a camera! There’s always something new to discover. And there’s definitely another perspective when you walk.

  5. Jennifer Jones avatar

    The countryside where you live is beautiful Susanne. I love that gorgeous little pub. Enjoy your time with family and we will be waiting for photos when you return. Good to hear that you’re on the mend now.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Yes, it’s beautiful area! I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to live here.

  6. Debra avatar

    Hi, Susanne. I love Photo Walks! That is what I call them anyway. I belonged to a photography group and we would have these photo walks. It’s been a while since I went on one. That can be my next adventure!!
    I would sure enjoy seeing Ireland. Seeing your images is the next best thing. I am looking forward to more of your images!
    Take care and best wishes.

    1. Susanne avatar

      Oh yes to photo walks! I follow a Malaysian photographer on YouTube and he calls them “shutter therapy”. I love that!

  7. Denyse Whelan avatar

    Starting again is always hard when you set yourself goals of ‘before’. I think you need to be considering the ‘now’ of how you can walk and all it took to get you back! Well done I say. Hard on ourselves I know…I used to be like that. Life has served me some interesting lessons.

    The camera and you did a great job!!

    I always appreciate your linking up to #WWandPics this week and thanks for sharing your post. I hope to see you next Wednesday too. Warm wishes, Denyse.

    1. Susanne avatar

      I’ve had a lot of small goals along the way which really helps. My next goal is to walk up to 5k without pain/fatigue in the feet, and handle downhills better. I’m very happy to be where i am now, I certainly didn’t believe that a month or so ago.

  8. Min @ Write of the Middle avatar

    Susanne – these are gorgeous photos!! I’m so glad you can go for walks again even if not yet quite back to normal walking. I have no doubt you’ll get there. Doesn’t it make you feel good walking out in nature? I love it, and I love your photographs!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you so much, Min! Yes, to go out in nature is the best feeling! And yes I’ll get there with the walking…. I make more progress each week.

  9. Bernie Cruikshank avatar

    Love your spectacular photos and really love the Cows! I hope you continue to progress but don’t be surprised if there are setbacks along the way. We tend to overuse and underappreciate our feet.

    1. Susanne avatar

      The only setbacks are how slowly walking is progressing. But that’s ok. Any progress – even slow – is progress.
      Thanks for visiting and I really love the cows too!

  10. Catrina avatar

    Well, to me your photos definitely look pro-level! It’s great that you also live in a beautiful place, your photography brings you lovely countryside to our homes, too!
    Great progress on your walking! Soon you will be doing a 5k without even thinking about it. Enjoy your visitors! I’m sure there is a lot of sightseeing scheduled!

    1. Susanne avatar

      Thank you, Catrina! Today we’re “enjoying” Storm Agnes but there will be more sightseeing before they leave! And I’m definitely chasing 5k sometime next week hopefully.

  11. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 avatar

    HI Susanne, it will take time for you to get back to 100% but so pleased you can now get out and about and with your camera! Your photos are beautiful and looks like you had a lovely September. Keep improving and take care of yourself and here’s to a fabulous October. x

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