It’s been an eventful week and it certainly didn’t go quite to plan.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 181 – Sunday 30th June – my eldest went to Amsterdam for a short holiday with his girlfriend. The rest of the day didn’t really go how we’d hoped it would. My younger son had an athletics competition. He expected to win the long jump, although not to get a PB, after peaking a couple of weeks ago. He hoped to improve on his triple jump, and maybe win that too. Instead, he suffered a horrible injury on his first jump and ended up going to hospital by ambulance. He has broken a small bone in his pelvis.
Day 182 – Monday 1st July – unsurprisingly, my son was off school. He woke up in pain and had to be helped out of bed. As the day went on, he grew in confidence with using his crutches. I was amazed with how much progress he’d made in the space of a few hours. The only photo I took was of my running mileage for June. Not pictured is my last run of the month – seven miles, taking me up to 89 miles for the month and 675 miles for June.
Day 183 – Tuesday 2nd July – my son astounded us all by going back to school. I really didn’t think he was ready for it, but he was sure he would be fine. When he was lying on a hospital bed on Sunday, only able to be moved from bed to bed using a board, I questioned whether he would make it back to school at all before the end of term.
In the evening, we went to his school sports celebration evening. I was very pleased that he picked up the athletics award. He also got a special mention by the head of PE for making it to the team for nationals, even though he is now unable to take part.
Day 184 – Wednesday 3rd July – my eldest came home from his holiday, he’d had a really good time. My daughter had her first athletics competition and her brother went along to give her some tips. He was like a celebrity at the stadium, with everyone stopping to ask how he is getting on. We’re hoping my daughter might have some sort of ‘long jump gene’. This is her first attempt. She still has a bit of work to do to catch her brother up.
Day 185 – Thursday 4th July – a hot run and a quiet day of work. My son is improving by the day and we managed a short walk in the evening. He is already walking mainly without crutches. But he can’t lift his knee or swing it to the side and sneezing is absolute agony for him.
Day 186 – Friday 5th July – my eldest went to his friend’s house for the day, so I got my peaceful house back, although I didn’t have any work at all. At the end of the day, this came home! It is five weeks since it broke down, and it has been at the garage for over a month. There is a very long story attached to it all.
Day 187 – Saturday 6th July – I was very proud of my younger two kids for volunteering at parkrun today. Obviously my son will be unable to run (or even walk) it for a while, and my daughter (and her friend) needed to do something for the community as part of a school project. It is the first time either of them have volunteered. My eldest also ran for the first time this year, and my husband got a PB.