I had a little photo shoot in my bathroom on Thursday night after I got my cast off. It is important for me to document all of my injuries this year because it is the easiest way for me to track my progress. I many pictures of my hand and elbow pre and post surgery, so it felt appropriate that I do the same for my foot.
I hope you don’t mind too much that I share these photos. I promise no scar pictures though; this is a food blog after all and scars aren’t all that appetizing. As much as I mentally prepared myself for what my leg would look like when the cast came off, I was still shocked at how small it is. I think it is mostly noticeable to me more than anyone else. My sister claimed that she couldn’t notice that much of a difference.
It is just difficult for me to accept that my lovely, large calf that once carried me through long distance running races looks so small now. I pride myself on my big calves, even if that means I can’t wear as many tall boots as I’d like. It will get back to normal though. Once I can start walking again, the muscle will start to regain strength. I can only estimate, but I’d guess that I’ll be walking in the next three to four weeks.
The next time I run, which will probably be January 2013, it will be like starting all over again. I am looking at this as a unique opportunity to fall in love with running all over again. Back in 2006 when I started seriously running, I remember how fun it was when every run I did was a personal distance record. Each run was just a little longer and felt a little better. I can also remember the first run I did where I wasn’t sore the next day-I was in shape! How lucky that I can experience those small triumphs again and re-teach my body to run. The rewards will be even sweeter though, because of the struggles I have gone through. It will feel that much more satisfying to over come my injury.
It feels therapeutic to share these pictures. Thank you in advance for letting me share.