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#injuredrunner is contemplating two wheels

Saturday, 14 April 2018
Scooting in London

On Friday I finally saw the physio I was referred to. He looked at my arches with an ultrasound – yes, definite enlarged area on the left where the pain is. He looked at my mobility, flexibility, stability. We talked about my running history and the other exercise I do and in the end he said:

“You should not be here. I do not know the reason why you’re here. You have none of the usual causes for this thing so I don’t know yet how we’re going to play this.”

Fabulous. I’m baffling the specialists. #injuredrunner #special #oneinamillion #totallyunique #keepbeingyou #ohmygodwhatamIgoingtodo

He massaged my foot, beamed some magic light onto it and taped it up. I’m to try to for once NOT aggravate it every other day but walking 10 or more km in Converse. The good news is that I don’t need orthotics or special shoes, I just need to wear my normal running shoes as much as possible and be even more careful in Crossfit than I have been with jumping and running motions.

Simple but complicated. One of the worst things about injury is just having to wait.  Especially if you’re not a particularly patient person to begin with. I can’t even bear to WALK to Crossfit. Normally I’d run but so that I’m not tempted, I’ve been using one of the kids’ scooters.

Scooting in London

The little wheels have made me think that maybe it’s time I became a cyclist again.

The first ‘sport’ that I fell in love with after I stopped stomping calories to death on The StairMaster was cycling. The year was 2000 and I lived in Australia and the cycle paths were gorgeous.

Imagine this on your way to work every day, with kangaroos hopping about early in the mornings:

Canberra cycling

With a commute like that it’s pretty easy to get into lycra every day and race to work and pretend you’re a professional cyclist.

Then we moved to London and I’m scared to cycle here.

I’m scared of traffic and I’m scared of the downhill bits of Richmond park.

Yet, now that I cannot run and probably won’t be able to for a while, the bike is calling. I can hear it. It’s in my shed going “Woman, it’s been 12 years! Take me out! I’m begging you! I won’t kill you! You’ll love the rush of the speed again!”

Tell me, is there another bike route in SW London that is flat and with minimal cars? And buying a new bike and/or at least some new kit will totally get me over the cycling fear, right? ;P

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4 Comments

  • Reply Daki Sunday, 15 April 2018 at 17:37

    Well, if Maria is commenting, so should I – feels like old band is back together. I just wanted to tell you: you kick major ass. Every time I feel like not running I think of you (and my new shoes!). And since I just had that tennis elbow I know how hard it is to just wait. May is looming and I NEED to be able to get that roll and start painting again but I’m so afraid. It’s a weird feeling, to be afraid of my own body…

    • Reply Lina • Mind over Matter Sunday, 15 April 2018 at 18:12

      I know! I feel like my foot is a separate thing from me. I keep talking to it. “Heal, you bastard!… No seriously, just be nice to me! I’m nice to you, right? I even walk up the stairs in a ‘special’ way so I don’t make you upset.”

      What running shoes did you get??? :D

  • Reply Maria Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 20:22

    This is uncanny.

    There’s a UK blogger I’ve been “internet friends” with for years, and recently we made a plan to meet in London. She gave me her address and I realised that she lives just a short walk down the road from my relatives near Hampton Court Park who I’ll be staying with. (She, especially, was surprised, because London is so big and to have us so close, she said, was surprising.) Now I was reading your blog and you wrote “Richmond Park” and I thought, “I’ve seen the name of this park on a map somewhere… I wonder if it’s…”

    And yes! The reason I know Richmond Park is because it’s the next park over from Hampton Court :)

    And now I’m sitting here thinking, do I follow any other bloggers in UK? Do they, too, live nearby? ;) Tongue in cheek, of course.

    • Reply Lina • Mind over Matter Sunday, 15 April 2018 at 18:08

      I don’t live SUPER close to Richmond Park, it took me 8km of cycling to get there :D

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