Hello *waves* proud of what I've achieved

Hello *waves* proud of what I've achieved

Hello all, I know, long time no post, 6 months apparently and that was when I was debating signing up to do the longhorn .... Well as you can see from the medal I did the half ;) ok I didn't, I didn't run at all. I got the medal as a momento of the day as I was a marshal on the first feed station and I was there ALL day. The ultra runners were amazing.

The second medal on the hanger (the purple women's 10k) is another momento from marshalling. If you ever get a chance to be a marshal for a running event do it, in fact it's not even about a chance, they are always in need of volunteers, and if you are cheeky like me often they will let you have one of the left over medals at the end as a momento.

The medal that I am of course most proud of is the 4th one on the hanger, only my third ever event (the first two not actually being races) - the 2015 Oxford Half Marathon. Who would have ever thought that I would complete a half marathon, little me with my chronic illness (disability) and my wonky joints, but I did :D and in the process I raised a little bit of money for the ME Association.

There should however be two more medals on that hanger, there should be an Asda Nottingham 10k and a Great Notts Bike Ride however something else got in the way.

Running has not only given me courage, improved management of my wonky joint issues and a better belief in myself. It's also helped me to achieve something that I or rather we (my husband and I) thought would never happen.

I was finally diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in 2010, though we suspected something was wrong for a while before that. For the last 8 years we have tried and failed. But April this year we had the biggest shock ever when after being very poorly I took a pregnancy test never expecting the result I got.

I am pleased and amazed to say that I am now 16 weeks +6 days (let's call it 17 weeks) pregnant :D

Last year we discovered that the cysts on my ovaries had gone and December I had a disagnostic laparoscopy for another reason but while they were there they checked out my tubes and all ok. But still we didn't expect there to be any change, symptoms can come and go, but they are often reduced with weight loss. Running helped me to lose a little weight, it was never an aim because weight loss with pcos is extremely difficult.

So there we have it my greatest achievement from running is growing inside of me and will be delivered in Decemeber (an awesome month to be born).

It does however mean that I am now a grumpy runner, sitting on the sidelines wishing I was out there. I tried to keep it up but I was very poorly and now I am in my second trimester my wonky joints are starting to have issues, so yet more physio for me to arrange.

I hope to be back and I hope there will be a running buggy in my future (omg have you seen the price of them eeek, let alone all the other stuff *faints*). I am the master of having illness breaks and coming back more determined than ever. I hope my ME doesn't get worse and I hope I can continue to pace and manage with my impending change of circumstances and that I can teach my child that exercise is fun and it doesn't matter what size or shape you are or even gender there is something for everyone.

Next challenge however is my husbands spinal surgery next week (they are removing a disc in his neck and fusing) eeek, but hoping the outcome will be that he will actually be able to hold his child without the fear of dropping them and will be able to go on adventure walks and play and be a fully active Dad rather than having to sit on the side lines. We don't like to do things by half lol

So yeah it doesn't matter what your journey is running will always reward you, whether that's improved fitness, better health or medals (I like the medals) there is something for everyone. Fast or slow doesn't matter, all runners are awesome.

P.s please don't use my story as an example to someone going through fertility issues as a 'beacon of hope' or a it will happen, I actually found all of the my friend or a friend of a friend was able to conceive after x y and z stories very upsetting. I know people meant well but I would have rathered just had support without any false promises.

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  • Hello spoonie. It's great to see you back here again and with what news!! Many congratulations to you. There's real heart lifting stuff in your post and you've been doing fantastic things with the running despite the challenges. You deserve all the happiness possible and I hope your husband's operation goes well.

    And I love the bling collection πŸŽ–πŸŽ–πŸŽ–

  • Thank you, I do like my bling, the rule it no bling no race lol (though if circumstances had been different I would have so totally been up for running for a Christmas pudding this year)

  • What a lovely side-effect of running. I think it helps the body sort itself out, shifts weight to better places, gets the right hormones working, improves mood which helps with everything else. I hope everything goes well for you and your husband, you've got a lot on your plate, but setbacks seem to make you stronger. You have a lovely time to look forward to! Keep posting!

  • Thank you.

  • Wow! Well that post has made me cry and also made me feel a little guilty for my own somewhat, insignificant moan posted above! So happy for your good news, after all that you have gone through! Sitting on the sidelines may be hard but for what greater reason than the future of that little person growing inside you! Really lovely news. I am sure your husbands op will go as planned and you can continue to look forward to the future and your new family!πŸ™‚

  • So many issues but such great news - Congratulations. Precious cargo ❀️.

  • Thank you

  • Wow great news spoonie what lovely news for you! 😊 exciting years to look forward to and a new playmate for Ferd!😊 youve made some major acheivements these past few years and your never give up attutude is an inspiration. Congratulations πŸ˜†

  • Thank you. I am looking forward to adventures with child and Ferd :)

  • Hiya Spoonie !

    How lovely to see you on here again , its been a long time , too long ! :-)

    Oh I am so so pleased for you , what absolutely amazing news !!! Many Many Congratulations to you and hubby on your news , a little teaspoon to your collection and in December too !

    Oh a little baby, how lovely. You will make amazing parents, and Ferd will be a brilliant playmate too !

    Take care of yourself , hope hubby's op goes well and all my love and very best wishes to you . Please keep in touch xxx

  • Thank you :)

    Teaspoon love it :D

  • Oh Spoonie, how absolutely wonderful. What fantastic, miraculous news. I was only thinking about you the other day and up you pop with this lovely announcement. You've achieved so much despite all that life has thrown at you, and now it seems you're getting ready for the greatest and most momentous challenge of all.

    Very very best of luck to you and to your husband: parenthood is tough but there's nothing quite like it. :) :) :)

  • Thank you :)

  • Wonderful news. Congratulations on all a counts - you are one inspirational lady.

    LIke AM I was only thinking about you as I did my run yesterday, thank you (and the other disappears) who helped me get through some hill repeats.

    Come December you will have the best bling of all πŸ˜€. Good luck to your husband for his upcoming surgery too.

  • I never really think of myself as inspiration I just get out there and try to do what I can do.

    Thank you :)

  • Great news Spoonie. Thanks for the PM. I'll reply when I get time. Just so glad life is coming good for you and your hubby.

    Love to you all - Ferd included 😘

  • Thanks Ferd got an extra hug from you

  • Congratulations, Spoonie! Such great news for you :) Good luck to your hubby for his op next week - how fab that he will be able to be an active dad to match you as a running and active mum :)

    You are an inspiration. Keep posting :)

  • Thank you

  • Congratulations! You have been facing real challenges there with your health - I think I would have been tempted to give up if I'd been in your shoes. I'm so happy for you that your health has got better - and for expecting a baby too!

    On the couple of parkruns that I've been to, I have seen people running with babies in pushchairs. (I actually got overtaken by one on my first parkrun - blush!) Take care and best wishes for you and the baby, and I'm sure you'll be out there again soon!

  • Yeah I've been over taken by buggy runners, they are hardcore though, running buggies have a fixed front wheel so take a lot of turning and then there is the additional weight .... Looking forwards to it

    Thank you

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