We started our day with pancakes, at Sir Mazen’s request! He loves to stir the batter himself and is eager to do the flipping too, but that’s a little too dangerous for a two year old.
After breakfast Karen, Mazen and I went to Target. My basket was filled with little girl birthday party toys and Easter paraphernalia! Peeps for mom.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAMMIE BUZZ!
After Target we took Mazen to Jump! Third time’s a charm – he had a blast and left red in the face. Boy in motion:
Lunch was ham + cheddar sandwiches, salads and pretzels.
Guess what tomorrow is? The 10th anniversary of my foot sugery! Pretty fitting that I am running a 10 mile race to celebrate, right? Especially since before my surgery I could barely walk a mile without pain.
My surgery released a fused subtalar joint, which was apparently a birth defect that didn’t become symptomatic until I sprained that ankle in high school. I was in a cast for 6 weeks and on crutches a few beyond. It was a much bigger deal than I ever thought it would be going in and not something I would want to go through again.
I started having trouble with my foot my freshman year of high school and spent many years in on-again-off-again pain. I finally had to stop running altogether my sophomore year of college and switched to the elliptical, stationary biking and swimming as my only forms of exercise. I wore orthotics and athletic shoes all of the time. My senior year, 2005, I finally scheduled the surgery to un-fuse the joint and have tons of arthritis removed.
Six months later, I went on my first run. It was Halloween, and I remember how perfect the weather was for my first day back. I didn’t run far, but I was so thankful to be able to feel that rush of adrenaline again. There is really nothing like running, and I try not to take it for granted.
My foot isn’t perfect – it’s far from it. But my joint doesn’t hurt, and I’m able to carry on with an active life if I am careful not to put too much stress on my foot. Distance running isn’t really something I should be doing on a regular basis, but I’ve enjoyed getting ready for this 10 miler and am glad to be running it.