Update on my Ankle Injury

ankle injurySide Note: Hey friends, I kinda hit a speed wobble this past week – a lot is happening on a personal level in my life and I just suddenly became very overwhelmed. Needless to say my body kicked in with tummy cramps, a mouth infection and just altogether “calm the heck down, Meg” symptoms. I listened to my body and took some time to rest and strategise a new game plan. Clearly wanting to do everything all at once, right now, is just not feasible in these kinds of situations. I promise to update you once I know all the facts, but its huge news – life changing stuff, and as much as it is exciting, it is terrifying as well. Also, why is it when you are most stressed with a life change, people then decide to bombard you with questions even you haven’t had chance to think of? Talk about a way to panic an already anxious person out!

Any way, that is my life at the moment. But let me tell you what is happening with my ankle! Last month I rolled my ankle while attempting to run a park run. I pull some ligaments in my ankle and it caused so much pain and swelling. It had happened the previous month as well, but this time was a lot more serious – so I have taken it very seriously.

The first two weeks I walked around with crutches. I put no pressure on my sore ankle and didn’t even drive those first two weeks. I have worn an ankle brace to protect and support my ankle from day one. In the third week, I started physio appointments twice a week, and followed the exercises she gave me to the letter. Its been nearly 4 weeks of physio and exercises – zero running. Last week I was given the go ahead to remove my brace more frequently, and to walk around the block (with the brace back on). I can’t tell you what a sense of accomplishment going for a walk was! I was thrilled to bits.

This week I have walked twice and slowly picking up the distance I can walk. I walk quite cautiously, sticking to the pavement, or flat surface of the road. I avoid even the slightest bumps in the road – I am still terrified of hurting myself again. But my ankle is feeling stronger. It is still quite stiff in places – some stretches feel awkward and strained. But for the most part, I am slowly making my come back.

It will be six weeks tomorrow since my accident. Technically I have 2 more weeks to go with the brace and physio treatment – I will have to see what my physio thinks but I still see a fairly slow, long road ahead of me. I can’t see myself doing a big run for a few more weeks. Only time will tell. All I can say is that I am super keen to get back to running, I am ready to come back stronger than ever but I also don’t want this type of thing happening to me again. I have learnt some valuable lessons on this journey – and I will share them with you soon.

For now, let me head out for another walk around the block, breathe in the fresh air, feel the soft cushioning of my new Brookes, and be thankful that I have healed this well so far.

What life lesson have you learnt from an injury?

Let’s get fit, happy, healthy  

~ Meg ~

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Recipe: Butternut Soup

butternut soupWho doesn’t love a Butternut soup? Its the kind of soup that warms your soul, sticks to your ribs and satisfies your tummy. Only recently did I find out that Rob had a serious prejudice to soups before he met me. Either my cooking made him love soup, or he really hasn’t been given an option not to hate it because I seriously love soup!

Winter is almost over here in South Africa, but with the recent cold spell this week, I had to pull out this recipe to share with you guys. My absolute fave is actually a roasted tomato and basil soup, but this butternut soup comes in as a close second. Over the years I have tried all sorts of tricks to perfecting this recipe – I can honestly say I have now perfected it. It is simply scrumptious!

Here is the recipe:

Recipe: Butternut Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

4-6 people

Recipe: Butternut Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • Mixed herbs
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Curry powder
  • 500ml Cream

Instructions

  1. Peel the butternut, sweet potatoes and carrots
  2. Chop into chunks, sprinkle with salt, pepper, herbs and some olive oil
  3. Roast in the oven for about 40minutes on 180C (tossing the veg every so often)
  4. Let the roasted veg cool down before placing in a food processor
  5. Blend the veg into a chunky puree, add the curry powder and a bit of cream.
  6. Once blended, transfer to a pot on the stove.
  7. Add the rest of the cream (more if you like it to be more runny - we like it chunky).
  8. Heat through and serve with ciabatta. Yum!
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Do you love soup? What is your favourite kind of soup?

Let’s get fit, happy, healthy  

~ Meg ~

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Running 101: How to Start Running

how to start runningHappy Monday, Friends! and a happy Monday it is! My physio has said I can head out for a few short walks this week. Walk guys, no running yet, but its a step in the right direction (see what I did there? I crack myself up!). Following on from my series Running 101 – the next point we need to discuss is how to start running.

Some people will say they googled a couch to 5k plan and that worked for them – I couldn’t do it. Focusing on the time and running was just too much multitasking for my brain to handle. It felt like every time I got started I had to stop and walk and when I was still catching my breath I had to run again.

Others I know have downloaded programs from Runners World, which I actually used to run my first ever 21km. I loved the training program, and I would have used it for my first 42km too.

Another great source with a wealth of knowledge is Graham Block. He has developed a bunch of training plans for vary levels of experience (from nothing to running strong). You can find these programs on his running facebook group: Boskruin Running Group (under files).

But I digress, here is how to start running today. Just start this very minute. Decide you want to run and then go out and do it – a little bit at a time. Here are the two best tips I can give you on how to start running:

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  1. Get the right shoes: 

By the end of this series you are going to get sick of hearing this. But really I can’t stress enough how important it is to have the right pair of RUNNING shoes. Shoes specifically built for running. This is the one time you don’t go for fashion gals, you go for function. The best pair of shoes that is going to suit your needs. I totally recommend seeing Mike if you are up in Joburg – worth every cent. Visit Mike for a Runners Leg Assessment, read my review on what he does here.

2. Choose a good route – start small and go slowly:

When I first started running, I didn’t even make it around the block. Literally I would come home and tweet/post pics about how I ran 1km! I was so proud too, and you should be too! And when I say I ran 1km, I wasn’t running the whole way no stopping. I was running one street pole, walking two! I probably ran a total of 100m altogether and I literally felt like I had won comrades!

I recommend find your own 1km route. It can be running around the block, running around the small park near your home, or running down one straight long road and walking back. Find a route, and then measure it. I measured my route in my car first before I had a fancy Garmin watch. Once you know what the distance is, grab a piece of paper and track your time to complete that route across a few days or even weeks. Really push yourself. I started out running very little, running what I could. Focus on markers like street poles or curbs and running to them, then walk a bit. Sometimes I walk more than I run – you are going to have those kinds of days. So what. You are still running something!

Runner friends, what advice can you offer someone who is just starting out?

Let’s get fit, happy, healthy  

~ Meg ~

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What keeps you going?

Rob often tells me I am such determined person. It’s one of the things that he loves about me. I honestly don’t feel I am very determined, or rather, I know when I am slacking, and I know when I could be better at it. It got me thinking about motivation and what motivates people to keep going.

I have my moments, like I am sure others do, on when I can be highly motivated by something, and at a moment’s notice the same thing that motivated me yesterday can demotivate me the next. I think that’s why I am so confusing. Ha-ha! Seriously though, do you ever feel like that? I love a plan, I love writing out the plan, making it pretty with different colours, and rewriting it in my neatest hand writing and then when it comes to executing the plan it can go one of two ways: either I go for it and stick to the plan religiously, or I get bored and move on to something else.

There a few constant things that I know for sure motivate me, and keep me going:

  1. My People and Pugs. My Husband, my pug-child, my family, my friends etc. I literally would do anything for them. At the detriment of my own goals, I always try to put them first.
  2. Sleep. I find very often when I feel I can’t focus or I am stressing about something, it’s better to go to bed, get a good night’s sleep and wake up early to tackle the problem head on in the morning.
  3. Food. OK this sounds crazy, but gimme food. Before I cut sugar you could have offered me chocolate and I would be your friend for life. That’s not a good thing though. To be so dependent on food rewards. So I have stopped rewarding myself with food but it has been a heavy motivator in the past.
  4. The adventure of the unknown. I love the journey. I may cry and scream and swear the whole way there but I flipping love how much life can be a literal rollercoaster. I love that you never know what is waiting for you around the corner and I am a firm believer that if you are positive, chances are good things will happen to you.
  5. The challenge. It’s sometimes not altogether clear to everyone around me because I like to panic, I am a perfectionist after all, and I want things to run smoothly. But I love a challenge, I love being able to crack something that feels impossibly hard to do. If you see me panicking the best thing is to walk away and let me figure it out, because when I do chances are at a moment’s notice I will be smiling and pretty darn chuffed with myself straight after.

So what motivates you? What keeps you going?

Let’s get fit, happy, healthy  

~ Meg ~

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