"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, 15 October 2013


Well, I'd originally planned that my 'come back' post would be about how I'm all on track with my running, how I was injury free, and how things were looking up.

Heck, I'd even thought about how I would start it off; 'hello you, how was the rest, you made it through, but never the less...' I'd then go on to say can anyone guess the artist or song (it's a song called 'Lights and Sounds' by Yellowcard), and how those opening words perfectly reflected the tone of the post...

Of course, things; lives, jobs, relationships, very rarely go to plan.

I've been wanting to blog for a while but with little running happening, it seemed pointless. Anyway, 'here' I am, and here is an update. Predictably I'm still suffering from the foot injury I've had for many months, though I feel like I'm almost better. Unfortunately, almost better in this instance is being pain free in my day to day life, rather than returning to running.

I'm currently seeing a physio through the NHS every couple of weeks, and tonight I returned to acupuncture in an aid to help things along (needles in foot picture below)

Having such an extended period off running has given me a lot of thinking time; have I missed running? What does it mean to me? Is there another sport or hobby I should take up instead?

I have other hobbies, I do other things; reading, seeing my mates, playing guitar, (when I'm not snapping the strings on it - see below !) to name but a small handful....

...None of these things though, are running.

I read a post from another blogger recently discussing how they had fallen out of love with running, and how they were aiming to get back in to it for 2014... I could never fall out of love with running - for me, the top and the bottom of it is that I love running, and I miss it so much. I don't know about you, but I define myself as a runner, it makes me who and what I am, and to not be able to do something that I define myself by, is horrible.

So, I will carry on doing what my physio says, hoping that acupuncture helps, and looking forward to the day when I can lace up my running shoes and go pound the streets, pain free!

I've not been keeping that up to date with the blogs I follow, simply because I can't bring myself to read how much others are loving their running, (envious, not jealous!) but I'm doing my best to start going through them and catching up on them.


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    1. Sorry, I'll ensure I have big red warning text if I'm ever to post other similar pictures ! :)

  2. At least you have some horror film pictures to show? PS: Longggg toes there dude.

    I know, it really sucks being injured :( I hope that now its giving some levity in normal life, soon it will be okay to exercise on too!

    1. No one has ever commented on the length of my toes before, they're feeling all self conscious now !

      Thanks, and I'm liking the use of the word levity there :)