My story started a while ago, as I'm sure they all do. I was a triathlete but ended up with "chronic chronic" plantar fasciitis. One morning I just woke up, and I had it in both feet. After 6 weeks my right foot had recover. My left foot took 3 years. I couldn't run, cycle or swim because all would aggravate my foot. As I finally started to get back into cycling, I had a massive accident landing on my head at 45km/hr (Was downhill).
So that was the end of triathlon.
Then I got pregnant. I had just start to run/walk with no real direction or guidance, and I started to feel pain in my pubic bone. So I figured, having not run for 3 years, running could wait another 6 months.
Once bub was born I slowly started running again. If I ran more than a few km I would be in pain for days. My pubic bone was causing me extreme discomfort.
After baby number 2 I was determined to work out what was wrong with me. All the health professionals kept telling me it was hormones but I knew that couldn't be right.
In July 2019 (2 months after birth #2) I couldn't walk. I was contemplating buying a wheelchair. I slept with crutches next to the bed because I wouldn't know what the next day would be like. I ate out of depression. I wasn't being a good mum to my 2 year old because I couldn't pick her up or get on the floor to play with her.
In September, by chance, I came across an injury called "Osteitis pubis". After I looked it up I knew that was what I had, and within 24 hours I had a confirmed diagnosis. The next Monday I went to a surgeon who told me to make a goal and give it 12 months to see what rehab could do.
My goal was to be able to run 10km. I figured if I could do that, then eventually I'd be able to do anything.
After 8 months of rehab I finally had the confidence to start running. So I combined my rehab program with None to Run. I've had the last few weeks off because of a random eye infection, but I'm currently at week 10, and when push comes to shove I can run 6km non-stop (I did a 6km fun run the other day).
I'm not yet at my goal of 10km, but None to Run has ensured that I progress gradually and have worked out any niggles as I go. I regular recommend the program to other beginner runners because I think it is such a supportive group and so well designed.
So what did I achieve? I went from almost in a wheelchair to running non-stop for 6km in 12 months. I'm almost pain free (I will probably never be completely pain free, but as far as I'm concerned this level of pain is pain-free!). My confidence in my own body is slowly returning... I can push myself now whereas before that would have terrified me.
And I now know what it is like to start from "scratch"; to have zero fitness and slowly build at my own pace, and to listen to my body to tell me how fast I can run and what I can do/achieve. But most of all, I'm a good mum to my 2 girls. I can get on the floor, play, pick them up etc. and I'm ok.
My advice to others is to follow the process while listening to your own body. The more we listen to our body the more we will succeed in the long term. Run slower, keep breathing, repeat weeks if you feel you absolutely have to, but attempt the next week if you can, even if you feel overwhelmed, because you might just surprise yourself.
My goal now is to run the Paris Marathon. I'll get there eventually. Just keep following the process...