I’m Back!

Well it’s been 20 days since my last blog and I’m excited to say that I have some good news to share!

The foot is on the mend and the goals have been reset!

To recap on my last blog – scans had shown that I had a cyst and worn cartilage in my navicular bone. I was shown these scans and saw it all for myself, however it wasn’t in the area of where my pain was, so my physio and I both agreed it was worth getting a second opinion (the physio thinks the cyst has been there for years from my playing days).

To cut a long story short the sports doctor told me I actually had tenosynovitis – inflammation in the tendon sheath. It was exactly where my pain was and he too agreed that the cyst and worn cartilage was from years of pounding on the tennis courts. Phewww I thought!! But, what did this mean? Well with some rest (which I had already done) and with some strong ant-inflammatory’s, I could slowly get back into my running shoes (as long as I had no pain of course)! So within a few weeks I went from being told I couldn’t run long distances – to I could slowly get back into training. Talk about being on an emotional roller coaster!

Anyways, no time to dwell on the past… In the last two weeks the alarm has been going off at 5am, I’ve been back running with my group, and most importantly I’ve been running with no pain (success!).

The Perth marathon was last Sunday and I spent the whole morning down the foreshore cheering on my running buddies. It was the most amazing morning and such perfect conditions for a marathon. I must admit there was a part of me that found it hard not running the event, but seeing everyone run and being on the sidelines cheering made me even more motivated to get back into training and to reset my goals!

So what’s next? Well with a little influence from a so-called running buddy I have decided to run my first marathon at Rottnest – Sunday, October 25th. I plan to also run two half marathons prior to that in August – the Perth half and the City to Surf, which will give me a good lead up into the marathon. The Rottnest marathon won’t be a flat course – I’ve heard it has some stellar hills, so the City to Surf half will be perfect training as it has some super hills as well! Time to start building those legs, and calves!

I’m so excited to be back out running, and with a little bit more time to train, it allows my legs and feet to get used the load and build strength. I want to thank everyone for their support, especially to my running group buddies, and now it’s time to jump back on the horse and get training again.

With my fundraising on hold I’m excited to say that it’s back up and running, so if you can spare a moment please click on the link below and see what it’s all about.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/exquc/sh/c4d7Wc

I look forward to keeping you updated on my training and the countdown is back… 18 weeks and counting!

“It’s suppose to be hard… the hard is what makes it great” – Unknown 

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This Wasn’t Part of the Plan

For the past four weeks I’ve tried everything I can to get myself back out running and prepared for the Perth Marathon – rest, ice, anti-inflammatory’s, physio, more rest, heel cups, foot inserts, change of running technique, more physio, calf raises, running on grass…etc etc etc… repeat x 10!

But it’s been in the last two weeks where reality has kicked in. The pain in my left foot unfortunately hasn’t improved and time is no longer my friend. In the past four weeks I haven’t been able to run more than 5km without pain – any more than that and the pain significantly increases to the point where I have to stop running.

I’m the type of the person that when I set my mind on something I have to give it my all, and I knew the longer this setback, the reality of running well (let alone running the Perth Marathon at all) was unlikely…

With time running out and no improvement in my foot my physio and I decided that it was time to get some scans…  (And here I was thinking that my days of scans and rehab were over! Never say never!) I had an MRI and a CT scan last week and even though I’m waiting for the CT results this is my understanding of what the MRI said (please note I am NO medical expert):

** I have a small cyst in my navicular bone due to worn down cartilage. Because of the worn down cartilage the synovial fluid around the joint leaks into my bone during impact – thus the formation of the cyst. The MRI showed a cyst and quite a lot of fluid around the area indicating a possible hairline fracture. Hence the CT scan was needed to determine this as well as the size of the cyst**

Again, let me repeat and say I am NO medical expert so the above may or may not have made sense to you. I’m still trying to get my head around it all and it’s hard to know whether the cyst is the actual cause of the pain. Hopefully the CT scan can shed some extra light on the situation.

As frustrating and as heartbreaking as this has been, I’ve made the decision, along with the team, to pull out of the Perth Marathon and put it on hold until I have complete clarity as to the cause of the pain in my foot. I’ve barely been able to complete a 10km run for three weeks, without major pain, so realistically I’m not sure how I’d be able to complete 42km… I’ll have all my results by the end of this week and no doubt I’ll sit down with my physio and together we’ll nut out a plan to move forward.

I can’t really explain how gutted and disappointed I am to have had to pull out of the Perth Marathon with only two weeks until the event. I was so excited to get out there and run for two causes that I’m very passionate about and to have to put it on hold has been really hard to swallow.

Guaranteed that I’ll be doing everything I can to get back out there and when I do cross that finish line it will be sweeter than ever. I have a commitment to the Court Talk and Murlpirrmarra team and to all the people that have donated to these two brilliant organisations. I promise to keep you updated with my progress and once I better understand the diagnosis of my foot I will ensure to set a new marathon goal.

Thanks to my running team for all their support and encouragement – I look forward to those 5am wake up calls again!

“A marathon is like life with its ups and downs, but once you’ve done it, you feel you can do anything.” – Anonymous 

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