Today is the day! The day I get to walk around at home without my aircast! Woot, woot!
But first I had to clean my shoes yesterday. They were a mess!
And Asics didn’t come through with a new pair for me. Don’t know why. Don’t they know what a loyal customer I am? Guess not. Not yet anyway.
So I was stuck cleaning them myself. Great. First step was to take the inserts out.
I don’t think I have ever taken the inserts out of my running shoes.
And into the kitchen sink my shoes went. I used hot, but not hot enough to burn me, water and Dawn dish soap. My cleaning hand tool of choice?
My toothbrush! No, not my current toothbrush. I always save my old toothbrush when I get a new one to use for cleaning purposes. They are perfect for scrubbing small areas, like around the base of a faucet.
I let the shoes
float soak for maybe five minutes to loosen the dirt. Then I set to scrubbing. Oh what fun it is to clean! Said no one ever.
And look how great they cleaned up!
I then set them up in front of a fan on high to dry. Today they were ready to go. And so was I!
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I was. Very. What if my ankle and foot weren’t strong enough to support me? The aircast had been doing that forever. What if there was pain? I was told if it is painful or I get worn out, to put the aircast back on. Baby steps so I don’t re-injure myself. And what if the running shoe rubs against the metal in my ankle? That will mean more surgery to remove it. I tried not to let the negeative thoughts take away from the joy of the moment.
But first I need to dress the part. And that included picking out a sock!
How fun are they? I have been wearing these fun socks in my aircast for the past week since I don’t have to wrap my foot in the ace bandage anymore.
I also wanted to dress my shoes up a bit. Because, today really is a coming out party for my foot.
Sweat Pink laces to the rescue!
And then the shoe went on. It felt… weird.
And then I stood up. All felt okay. No pain. And then I took a step. My first cast-free step in 10.5 weeks!
I was walking!! Cast-free and pain-free! My foot felt so light! I am still limping a bit, but I think that is more out of habit. I feel a bit like a toddler walking, but I’m okay with that. I also went up and down the stairs. I definitely held tight to the railing. And I didn’t fall!
Walking today, but hopefully (fingers crossed!) running in two more weeks!!
What was the best part of your week?
What are you looking forward to this weekend?