BBC Breakfast: Louise Minchin reveals her Christmas 'hero'
Louise Minchin, 52, suffered a painful injury while training for the gruelling Norseman triathlon last year and had to undergo surgery, which has seen her take a leave of absence from the show. Before returning last week, the presenter has shared her recovery with fans, posting a photo of her bandaged ankle on social media. And with being stuck at home keeping her feet up, she revealed her postman had been nothing but heroic during the past few weeks.
He is absolutely fantastic and really looks after me
The admission comes as BBC Breakfast encouraged viewers to share who their Christmas hero has been this year, due to coronavirus impacting every aspect of our lives.
“My Christmas hero is and always will be my lovely postie,” Louise admitted.
“He is absolutely fantastic and really looks after me.
“And particularly over the last few weeks, he’s been really helping me out when I’ve not been able to get to the door so quickly when I’m on my crutches.
“But he is always my Christmas hero!”
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Despite her return to the red sofa and the fact she’s been looked after well, Louise couldn’t help but scold herself for not taking the injury seriously in the first place.
It first occurred while she was training in Snowdon ahead of the annual Norwegian extreme challenge, which would push her to her limits.
The BBC star has long been a fitness fanatic so to be forced to put her feet up and rest instead of going for a run left her feeling pretty down in the dumps.
She spoke of her injury in a recent article, where she recalled the fall and how she should have seeked medical attention straight away.
With stunning scenery and breathtaking views, she remembered feeling on top of the world as she finished, until the decent left her in agony.
“I loved every minute, right up until the moment when we had finished and started to walk and, I tripped on the pavement, and felt something in my foot rip as my ankle crumpled under me,” she wrote.
“It was agony, and I felt sick with pain as I hobbled back to the car.”
Louise admitted she “knew it was bad” but was “determined” it wouldn’t stop all her hard work for the main event.
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“Instead of seeing a doctor I wrapped it, iced it, took some painkillers, and stopped running for three weeks before Norseman,” the BBC star explained.
“It worked, and although it was tough, I finished the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon, limping but ecstatic at the sense of achievement.”
She continued: “After that, my foot clearly wasn’t fixed but I keep on going from one event to another, always finding an excuse not to get it checked.
“I did a further three ultra-events before finally, after a challenging 26.2 miles on the Sandstone Trail, went to the doctor.
“An X-ray and MRI confirmed that a year and a half earlier I had broken a bone in my foot and also snapped an ankle ligament. What an idiot.
“No wonder it was sore.”
Despite her pain and boredom of having to put her feet up, the presenter admitted she wouldn’t change the way things turned out.
“If I hadn’t run through my injury, I may never have been able to do Norseman, and memories of that day,” she added in her article for Cheshire Life.
“The determination and resilience I had to draw on to get through it, helped me immeasurably during those long coronavirus affected months.”
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am one BBC One.
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