Since being hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing in January, there have been a number of important milestones that have been passed on the road to recovery – getting the cracked vertebra in my neck fixed was the first, followed rapidly by going home from hospital, then getting out of home and walking, getting off pain killers, going on a bus, seeing my football (soccer for you North Americans) team play, going back to work was psychologically really important and very emotional, and the most recent was driving again a couple of weeks ago.
Today saw another one, perhaps the last significant one – running. So it seemed appropriate that the run should include a physical as well as a psychological milestone – on Blackheath marking the distances on the pre-motorway A2.
It will be a while before I will be ready for either of those distances, although I was utterly delighted with a fraction over 5k this morning – the first mile or so went by in a blur, mainly caused by tears causing my sunglasses to steam up. But once I got over the emotions, I just concentrated on gait and stride length – it felt wonderful. The time was slow but that didn’t matter, the important thing was that my neck felt fine and I was running again. There are a few aches and pains elsewhere in bits of my body that haven’t seen much stretching or exercise in my focus to get my neck working again – but those will will heal quickly and I will be back out again in a few days.