I haven't been able to run much since having my gallbladder removed at the beginning of December, and I've really missed it. Running makes me feel better both physically and mentally and it makes me feel in control. So not being able to do it means that I've not been feeling my best.
This week I've forced myself out (it's silly that I always have to force myself to begin with when I enjoy it so much), and have felt a million times better. Even ignoring the physical benefits of losing the extra weight that I've been carrying since the op, running has so many plus points.
My favourite place to run is along the canal that runs through our village. I see the same people week after week, which is nice, but the main thing that I love is seeing the seasons change. The canal towpath is lined with gorse bushes, reeds and fruit bushes and is always teaming with life.
I've seen so many different species of birds and tiny creatures along the towpath that even when the run is a real struggle, it's still been beautiful.
After my run on Friday, it was so sunny and warm that I was able to come home and sit in the garden to have a coffee for the first time this year.
Although we live in a major city, and in quite a large village, we're lucky that our tiny garden is always beautifully calm and quiet.
We're not quite at the point yet where we'll be sitting out in the garden regularly, but it will happen soon. And until then, I can happily enjoy sitting in our (often) sunny kitchen.