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.

My left, your right is the leg that is hurt.  A little fuzzy-sorry.

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.



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