.....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.