Sunday, July 10, 2011

Two months have passed.......

.....since my last blog entry!  So much has happened over these past two months, that I have not had a chance to even think about blogging.  Needless to say with everything that has been going on, running has fallen to the bottom of the list.  However, I finally feel a bit better and will try and go out for a short run tomorrow.

I went to South Africa for 2 weeks just after my last blog entry.  I had a great time with my mum - shopping, going around and meeting up with my old friends.  I spent most of the time with my mum, as 2 weeks are not very long and we only see each other once a year.  I try and ring her at least twice a week, but it's not so easy as we are in different time zones, and when I get back from work, it is already near midnight in Cape Town.  I will write another post on that visit, but this is just a quick update post.  As soon as I got back to Boston, Stuart had to have a surgery.  It was something that he had been putting off for a long time, but now he was at the limit and had to do it.  A week later, I had my surgery.  I too had been putting it off since forever, as the idea of power tools slicing through me did not sit well.  I tried to control my anxiety level, but in the end my doctor prescribed me a course of valium pre-surgery.  It was not a pleasant experience.  It makes you feel dull and really out of it.  It is like watching yourself in slow motion.   I still have my stitches, and it is a bit of an odd feeling, but I am glad it's done.  It will take another 3 months to know if it has been successful.  Still, I am an optimist!  Stuart's surgery went well so we are over the worse.

When I got back from South Africa, I did go for a few runs on the bike path, and also on my usual path up to the yacht club.  It has suddenly become so hot in Boston, that it is impossible (at least for me) to run outside.  I leave for work at 6:30am and am at my desk by 7am.  Although I get home before five, it is still baking, and I have not quite worked out a schedule yet.  However, I did join the Y!  This was very exciting, as I would like to try and get back to exercising regularly (first goal), get my fitness level back to what it was 2 years ago (second goal), lose the 10 pounds I have put on (third goal), and run a fast Philadelphia half marathon in November (fourth goal).  Perhaps the fifth goal should actually be the first - get back to eating decent meals.  I suddenly became very tired of eating the same things, and then found I wanted to eat icecream and have liquids.  Admittedly the icecream was suggested by the doctor as I could nto eat anything after the op.  I have taken a bit of advantage and since I was already on a slippery slope, the rest of the slide was easy.

Anyway, as the Chinese say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.  That fist step will be taken tomorrow - when we get back from Pittsburgh.


  1. Un augurio di buona guarigione e mangia tanti gelati, almeno quelli sono buoni e nutrienti.

  2. dobbiamo fare quello che è necessario, anche e soprattutto se ci spaventa; auguri per i tuoi obiettivi... :)

  3. It's good to hear from you Natalia, I missed you.

    A lot of things happened in your life for sure. Happy that you had a great time in SA and that both surgeries went well.

    As for the running: is it possible for you to run before work before it gets too hot? I prefer running early in the morning because after work I'm tired and when it's hot it's even more difficult for me to run.

    Good luck on achieving your goals which I'm sure you will.

  4. Good to hear from you Natalia! Glad to hear the surgery went well. I'm sure you'll be in a good routine that includes training soon. All the best!

  5. I wish you a speedy recovery! Running in the heat is awful, I'm really suffering with it.

  6. @Giuseppe: Grazie mille! Eh i gelati fanno bene al'anima, ma ahime' un po meno alla linea.

    @Yogi: Ciao dopo una vita.....grazie tante, e ora mi informo preso tuo blog su le gare.....

    @Fran: Super girl! I missed you too. It's been a bit of a hectic time here, and I think that hot weather you had in Holland when you did your half, has finally arrived in Boston. It is incredible. Will be reading your blog and catching up on all the news....

    @Johann: Thank you for the good wishes. It has been tough going. Hopefully things will settle down a bit now. I am sure you have been doing some incredible races and I will catch up on your blog.

    @Scarlett: Nice to hear from you, and thank you for the good wishes. Today it was 93•F......tomorrow will be 96. What is even more astounding is that I have to wear a jumper in the office as the air con is so cold! But it is impossible to run now. I missed reading your posts, so looking forward to that too.

  7. Bentornata nel mondo dei blogger. Tanti auguri a te e Stuart di pronta guarigione. Ora aspettiamo un bel paio di reports sulle tue gare.
    In bocca al lupo agli Springboks per il Tri-Nations ed i Mondiali dove spero arriverete secondi..... dopo l'Italia. Scherzo, noi verremo eliminati al primo turno e voi avete buone chances di vittoria.

  8. Glad surgery went well and wishing you both a speedy recover- good luck with your goals

  9. Hope you're feeling better and better each day! Totally hear you on the heat--very muggy and hot here, which isn't the best for doing anything for very long outside. And from what I've been told, ice cream is the cure for many, many things that ail us. :)