Nine more parkruns to my 50th run.
Today was special. It was the day to test out my foot to see if it is responding to the rest and treatment.
Anxious. Nervous. Lacking in confidence. Gosh it was like being a beginner runner all over again. But, as always my lovely running buddy Janette was there. She insisted on running with me. I was so grateful!
We started right at the back.
Off we went. No pain, no stiffness. Average pace 5:46 minutes per km. I was a bit tired, huffing and puffing more than usual for a 5km run. This was part anxiety and part a little loss of fitness. Janette smiled and chatted all the way around. She encouraged this person and that, she said hello to one runner here and another runner there. She chatted about the weekend…it was so good. I concentrated on what she was saying and huffed and puffed the occasional response. I hung onto her confidence and her sunny running attitude with all my might.
Pauly was volunteering at the finish line today. I asked him to take a photo of me finishing IF I was smiling at the end.
* ~ I was smiling ~ *
I was smiling because my foot was ok 🙂
The run went so much better than I hoped for. There was a tiny stinging feeling at the top of foot and my heel was a little achy but no pain. This afternoon the heel is aching a bit more but apart from the run I’ve mown all the lawns and helped to do some shed cleaning… so all up the most amazing happy outcome.
Running is a gift. To run far, happy and always is my goal. Thanks left foot, thanks for holding up, thanks for teaching me that running is a gift to treasure and respect. Yay, I ran today! And thanks to all my blogging friends for sending me positive energy today and especially thanks Janette for helping me through. Far, happy, always – running with a good friend…a magic, encouraging, hopeful day.
Happy running 🙂