Look What I Can Do!

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!

muddy running shoes, asics

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.

running shoe inserts

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?

clean running shoes

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!

clean running shoes

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!

wild socks

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 shoelaces

Sweat Pink laces to the rescue!

pink zebra sock, pink shoelaces

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!

first steps

(Instagram: whinelessbreathemore)

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?


6 thoughts on “Look What I Can Do!

  1. Jacqueline

    I am so so so excited for you friend!! I can not wait until you can run again. It will happen. Stay positive, don’t let the potential negatives take away your happiness. You are freaking walking!!!


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