Where have I been the past month, tough decisions and some soul searching…

So first things first…

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I hope you all had an amazing time during the holidays, I know we certainly did! Even though because of my experiment I couldn’t leave the lab and take the extra 2 weeks off like everyone else (BOO!!) we still made the best of it! Stayed home for Christmas and went out to an AMAZING dinner (Thank you “The Gun“) for NYE and we met the awesomest (is that even a word LOL!?!?!) people!!

Just a few snapshots from the holidays…

Oh and @mymamus got me the BEST christmas present that I ‘ve been wanting for soooo long! Thank you 😉 ❤ I totally love it!

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Now topic number 2… Where have I been?

I wrote my last blog post literally a month ago. I have never taken such a big break of blogging since I started (a year ago yesterday…)

I have to admit it’s been a few hard days for me around here. Apart from a complete writers block for the past few weeks I had to deal with the fact that I can’t run anymore for a while…. 

I had plans you know? I was training for the Manchester 2017 marathon I was on a roll… And then my foot got totally out of whack! What happened to it is that the bunion on my right foot has hurt the tendons on the top of the foot and after anything more than 2 miles the pain gets seriously bad… something like that (i ‘ll spare you the grossness of my own feet that’s why the cartoon):

So all I could think about was… “but i have a running blog, if I can’t run what the heck am i gonna talk about….?” and this made my block last even longer.

This is a photo of my last run on December 31st…

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It all felt great after my last 7 miles till the next morning when I felt like someone was tearing my foot apart 😦 Tried again once and ended up coming back after literally 5 minutes…

So at the moment i am at a back and forth with the doctors’ trying to sort this out (and if you now NHS you’ll now that if you are not on your deathbed the referrals come for two months later…) till then i m on a non running diet doctor’s orders…

Did I accept it? I had to.

Did I like it? I am hating it.

Have I cried and been mad? Like there is no tomorrow…

But at the end of the day I am still here, still healthy (foot aside) and I can do another million things! I hate being stuck and (mentally) immobile. So I have started the BBG program and I have spent countless time on my static bike – once the weather gets a little more forgiving around here I ‘ll break out my normal bike as well!

Accepting the fact that I have to stop till further notice was a very hard decision for me (please don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that the world has way bigger problems than me can’t run and I am grateful to still be generally healthy…) but running has been my outlet, the thing that has kept me sane the past year being a place not compatible with me and my personality (i am sorry London it’s not you it’s me…)

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I am grateful for all my races and experiences last year… Running has taught me so much! How to be resilient, believe in myself and trying my best for my goals, how to be patient and how to dig deeper…

Other people made NY resolutions to start running and mine had to be to stop… Life has a funny sense of humour…

On a happier note, Happy blogiverssary to my little corner of the internet!!!

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Yesterday was one year since I started sharing my life, travels and running stories with you all. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU! For all the support and the comments!! It’s been an awesome year, and I am so very happy and grateful for all the amazing people I got to meet through my blog!!

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8 thoughts on “Where have I been the past month, tough decisions and some soul searching…

  1. Oh dear, sorry to hear about your foot, Ellen! I wish I could take away all your pain. I hope there is some kind of treatment, anything that could resolve this issue so you’ll be running again soon. I kept thinking that if I were to visit the U.K it would be so awesome to run with you.

    I’m sure you’ll eventually come out of this situation much stronger than before. It’s not just because of your resilience, but because there are so many therapies out there and so many innovations on the horizon it may be only a matter of time before your next marathon. I don’t think any of my injuries or health problems over the years were this severe but I always bounced back better than ever.

    As long as you don’t lose your unique sparkle, you’ll be fine.
    Wishing you speedy healing, and Happy Blogiverssary!

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    1. Thank you so much Chris! I hope the same 🙂 I never lose hope and I always believe in trying hard! Also if you ever visit the UK I ll be happy to run with you even a short 2 miler and show you around!! 🙂

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  2. Happy blogiversary!!!
    So sorry to hear about your foot. A colleague of mine had bunion surgery about a year ago so I’ve an idea of how painful it can be. I hope the NHS come through for you soon. In the meantime, try to work around it whatever way you can – you’ve already started that with cycling. You’re probably OK for some other training too so that still gives you some things to blog about. If you have a bit more time on your hands, what about reading and reviewing some running/fitness books, continuing your Running Around the World Series or thinking of a new blog series you could write without having to actually go and run!
    As someone prone to injury, I know how much this sucks. Sadly we can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we deal with it. Stay positive!

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