The last few days have seen me take my rehabilitation to a different level, with a visit to Up and Running in Cheltenham, where I enlisted the help of personal trainer Dan Fivey.
Dan was the perfect progression for me as he has a lot of experience with stroke survivors, and people who have suffered brain injuries and their physical effects.
I became aware of Dan, because one of my colleagues at work; Cheltenham Town reporter Jon Palmer, had used him for rehabilitation following a knee-ligament injury.
Dan has a number of clients, who are professional sportsmen, so it was nice to have a bit of sport banter with him.
It was like stepping into something out of a James Bond film, with the amount of gadgets he had.
After my bleed I had to learn how to walk, all over again, completely from scratch, as my legs would not work properly, which was quite a humbling experience for me, as it would be for anyone.
As I have mentioned before, I was a keen runner before the bleed on my brain, completing my first charity race; the Gloucester 10k, just a month before my bleed occurred in March, 2013.
Throughout this whole time, I have been building myself back up again with the help of Leisure@, in Cheltenham, but, unfortunately during this time I have put on a bit of weight because I have not been able to do much exercise. That always has an effect on your confidence, as it would, so it was nice to be able to do something I have not been able to do for a while.
A big mark of my rehabilitation has been ticking off firsts, and running was a big one to tick off, because of what it represented to me; not only building a bridge to my pre-bleed life, but also it marks progress.
At the gym above Up and Running, there is an ideal piece of equipment for me; an anti-gravity treadmill.
The facilities at Leisure@ are brilliant, but I have not been ready to take on the treadmill yet as my legs are not back to full fitness, so being able to practice safely on this treadmill first is perfect.
You put on some special, and not particularly flattering, shorts, which you then zip to a special bubble around the lower half of your body, where air is then blown in, to fill it all up, like a big bubble.
This gives you the feeling of, literally, walking on air.
One of the best things about all this is it means if I trip, stumble, or fall, then I won't hurt myself by hitting the floor or burning my face on the treadmill belt. You are held up by the air. You can choose how much of your body weight you run with and this determines how light you feel and how much impact your legs receive.
I was definitely put through my paces over the last few days and all in all have run over two miles, a big achievement.
Dan didn't let me get away with anything though, and wouldn't let me drink my water unless I used my left hand, for example.
I feel a new wave of energy and confidence now I have made the first step back into running, now I just have to enlist Amy, who is not so keen!