A gingerbread day.

I’ve got a bunch of posts in draft at the moment. Half will be deleted, others will see the light of day at some point. Some are on running, one is on rally. But today I want to say how much I enjoyed my parkrun, so they can wait.

It wasn’t because I got to see 5 lovely parkrunners run their 100th parkrun, or take part in a new attendance record or seeing a new course record being made, or the amazing amount of cake (and absolutely ripping gingerbread). It was just a good run.

I didn’t take it gently, and the only things that hurt were my lungs. It felt wonderful.

I’ve got full movement in my back, but there is still a small amount of pain to the right of my L5 that lingers. When work moved out of our old building, we were allowed to take our old desk chairs home with us. Mine sat in the office at home, unused except as a cat perch but today I took it into work. We’ve got lovely looking and beautifully designed whizzy chairs, but when I sit in them it looks like I’ve got whopping lordosis which makes me suspect the lumbar support they have just isn’t enough.

The physio and I think that my old chair might supply the lumbar support I require when seated, and as I sit on my bum for eight hours a day I need it. Hopefully with the replacement chair I can eliminate the lingering issues.

I’ve still got to change my registration for the City to Surf this year. I’d signed up for the half, but I think it sensible to stick with the 12km option. It’s quite handy actually, as I’ve only ever walked the 12km distance before, so assuming things don’t go terribly wrong I’ll automatically PB on the course!

All the feelings – pride and pain.

When the physio discharged me he said that there is a possibility that my back wasn’t completely and absolutely fixed, because the Celebrex would have decreased some of the inflammation in my back as well as the inflammation in my foot, disguising the issue.

I had my last Celebrex on Monday morning, and knew that it would slowly wear off during the week. And did it ever. My glutes and hamstrings complained a bit on Wednesday and bellowed with a vengence on Thursday. I used the Rumble Roller and things loosened up a lot, and I felt relatively normal today, with just a little bit of pain to the right of the base of my spine; it felt like it was related more to the state of my glute rather than the state of my spine. I’ll see how I go this weekend, but I think I’ll book in for Tuesday morning and get a little bit of treatment done.

I jammed my thumb into the side of my foot to see if it hurt any and I got very excited that it did not. We’re heading down to Dawesville parkrun tomorrow to restore my parkrun Statesman status (it means I’ve completed every parkrun in the state) and I’m super keen to try and crack out a reasonably fast one on the course – it’s fairly swift, and the last time I ran it they hadn’t finished the repaving so there is a spare 5 seconds right there.

We had awesome news this evening. When Jeremy got home there was a small padded envelope waiting for him. In it was a medal – when he’d signed up to the Gold Coast Marathon he also entered the Australian Masters Athletics Marathon Championship. He’ll admit to everyone he entered for shits and giggles; because as a Masters Athletics WA member he could. The medal? A gold medal, as he was the fastest 35-39 year old male Masters Athlete at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. He’s even more proud of his time, and I’m even more proud of him.