Well – give or take a couple of days, it’s my first Blogiversary!
Breaking a bone in my foot which stopped me doing my favourite workouts was just the catalyst I needed – as I never have been an “ideas woman”, yet knew I needed to blog.
The idea was ultimately to give hope, not least to myself, but to anyone else for whom exercise is a way of life that’s suddenly taken away from them.
I broke my fifth metatarsal in my left foot falling off the arm of the sofa whilst swatting at the smoke alarm – my boyfriend had been cooking sausages.
Gratitude is no bad thing. Today I just threw on my kit and did what I normally do, just go out for a run. This time last year that simply wasn’t an option.
We are talking a crazy-sized granny shoe and the geriatric “hobbling” which easily made me appear much older than my years.
And I’m comparatively lucky.
During the course of this blog I featured the story of Austin Rathe, who faced the real possibility of leg amputation after a road accident – and developed his resolve to run a marathon whilst recovering in hospital.
I wanted a dancer who’d recovered from injury – and she came along in the unlikely form of Amber Kershaw, then aged nine, who’d recovered from a broken arm to street-dance on a competitive level.
Blogging is a steep learning curve and I’m still learning.
Part of the fun, of course, is seeing how well each blog post does – it really is quite fun looking at the stats.
Having suffered depression and flare-ups of Crohn’s Disease he told me: “I wanted to take control of my life and not allow myself to become sick again.”
My inevitable fears over putting on weight led to an article on my pet hate – dieting. And I’ll level with you, the inevitable flabbiness caused by lack of exercise did impact on the choice of clothes I could wear for work in the unforgiving summer.
In the end it was simply a question of patience and letting the bone recover, as it inevitably did.
But this blog did (and still does , as I have no intention of finishing it) help tremendously.
So it’s true – Time really is the great healer.
Along with blogging!