Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying all the sport being covered on our televisions at the moment! There is so much!
Pre-season has started and, as a West Ham fan, I always feel very optimistic at this stage, hoping it will be the year to win a trophy, or maybe the Premier League or get a Champions League spot. Am I being a too optimistic? Probably.
What I am really about is watching the Commonwealth Games. I love watching sport that you do not get to see live very often. It is always great to see athletes who have worked extremely hard in training pay off, and when they win a medal there is so much emotion.
I am really looking forward to the gymnastics, squash, cycling, athletics… Ah, I could go on and name more, there is so many! The sports I love the most are the ones that make me think: ‘I would love to be able to do that!’
This normally happens when I am watching the triathlon - something I would love to do once I have finished playing football. The level of fitness they have is phenomenal and being able to push your body to the limit in swimming, cycling and running is incredible.
Anyway, as you know from my previous blog I am currently injured. I had surgery three months ago but ended up having to go back under the knife to tidy up a few things and now I am seven weeks post-op.
My rehab programme is stepping up and I am starting to progress some exercises. This is great for motivation, seeing progression and starting to think things are moving in the right direction.
I have a great strength and conditioning trainer and he keeps my programme interesting. I really enjoy doing weights - something different and good to build a level of strength in my body so that when I really start stepping up my rehab I will have stability throughout.
Rehab does take up a lot of time though. I definitely know how my teammate Sophie Bradley is feeling at the moment – she has also suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and recently underwent surgery. It was heart-breaking to see her suffer. She is such a lovely person and was having a great season.
I know she will be back stronger and at the moment she just needs to rest. You can do it Soph!
To be honest, we are not having the best start to the second part of the season at County. We had a great result against Birmingham and Yeovil in the Continental Cup to reach the semi-finals but our results in the league have been disappointing.
It is the 1-0 defeats that are the hardest to take and we have had a few of those recently, but we need a response and for the girls to step up.
What better game to do that in than against my old club Arsenal? We need to put in a good performance and get some points on the board, I believe in my team mates and know we can do it – we just need to stick together.
Anyway, thank you again for reading my blog! Please let me know your thoughts and if you would like me to talk about anything in particular via Twitter, you can Tweet me @ellsbells89!